Sports briefs 02/23/14

Beavers fall short at No. 22 Northern State

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Minot State repeatedly cut a double-digit Northern State lead to a single possession, but the No. 22 Wolves held off the Beavers in a 59-49 win in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women’s basketball Saturday at Wachs Arena.

The Wolves (21-5 overall, 17-5 NSIC) and Beavers (18-8, 14-8) split their season series and finished the season first and second, respectively, in the NSIC North Division. MSU and the University of Mary tied for second, but the Beavers own the head-to-head tiebreaker and will be the No. 2 seed heading into the first round of the NSIC tournament.

MSU will host NSIC South Division No. 7 seed Upper Iowa at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the MSU Dome.

Miscues plagued the Beavers down the stretch against NSU. MSU ended with 19 turnovers, including 13 in the second half.

“I thought it was a battle of two tired teams,” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said. “We certainly looked tired. I thought we came out and for the first 15 minutes just went through the motions and were a little blase.”

Fouls were also key for the Wolves, who shot 11 more free throws than MSU and outscored the Beavers 12-6 from the charity stripe.

The Beavers trailed 38-30 at the half, but didn’t go away. MSU cut the the Wolves’ lead to 41-40 on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Diondra Denton. But MSU went cold down the stretch and turned the ball over.

“They were missing shots and playing into what we wanted to do, but we went through that stretch where we missed some and made some bad decisions,” Green Gerding said.

Rachel Krogman paced the Wolves with 19 points and five rebounds.

The Boag sisters each scored in double figures for the Beavers. Carly Boag scored 15 points and snared nine rebounds, while Christina Boag added 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

-Daily News Staff

Northern State pulls away from MSU men

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Minot State went cold in the second half, allowing Northern State to pull away for a 73-58 win in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball on Saturday at Wachs Arena.

The Beavers (8-18 overall, 4-18 NSIC) finished the regular season with the No. 7 seed in the NSIC North Division and will travel to NSIC South Division No. 2 seed Winona State for a first-round tournament game Wednesday.

After a tightly contested first 27 minutes, the Beavers were outscored 24-9 over the final 13.

Senior forward Samuel Johnson scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half to help keep the Beavers in the game early. MSU trailed 37-34 at halftime.

The Beavers led 48-47 with 13:52 remaining, but only made three field goals the rest of the way.

Northern State (18-10, 13-9) was led in scoring by Darin Peterka’s 15 points off the bench. Seth Bachand and Tydan Storrusten each added 12 points.

MSU sophomore guard Dominique McDonald recorded 18 points and five rebounds. Johnson finished with seven rebounds and senior forward Chris East tallied 10 points and six rebounds.

-Daily News Staff

MSU falls twice in doubleheader

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Minot State baseball team dropped its first two games of the season in a doubleheader against Wayne State on Saturday.

The Beavers (0-2) fell 17-1 in their season opener and dropped the nightcap 7-6.

Junior Josh Larsen, a juco transfer, allowed six earned runs in his Beaver debut and took the first loss.

In the second game, junior Brock McCashland, a transfer from Williston State, took a no-decision after helping MSU take a 6-2 lead in the fifth inning. The Wildcats scored three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to claim the win. Reliever Conner Oliver was saddled with the loss.

The two clubs play another doubleheader today beginning at 1 p.m.

-Daily News Staff

Tetons advance to national title game

TROY, N.Y. – A second straight title is in sight for the Williston State men’s hockey team.

The Tetons advanced to today’s NJCAA national championship game for the third straight year with a 7-0 romp over Erie Community College on Saturday.

The Tetons outshot Erie 40-7.

No. 2-seeded WSC (13-11-4) meets top-seeded Monroe Community College (19-1-1) in the title game for the third straight year. The game, which begins at 1 p.m., can be viewed and listened to online at wsctetons.com and can also be heard on KYYZ 96.1 FM.

-Daily News Staff

Tauros snap 5-game skid with OT win

The Minot Minotauros needed overtime to do it, but they finally ended their five-game losing streak.

Tim Donohue netted the game-winner at 4:13 of overtime to send the Tauros to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wilderness of the NAHL Midwest Division on Saturday at Maysa Arena.

Jadin Martin assisted on the goal, which gave Minot (20-27-3) its first win since Feb. 1.

The Wilderness (29-13-7) scored in the first and third periods to claim leads, but the Tauros got a pair of equalizers. Jake Johnson lit the lamp at 0:50 of the second and Martin found the back of the net at 13:11 of the third to tie the game at 2.

Minot’s Brandon Wildung made 20 saves to record the win. Frank Oplinger stopped 28 shots in a loss for Minnesota.

The Tauros travel to Central Division first-place Austin next Friday and Saturday.

-Daily News Staff

North Dakota beats Minnesota-Duluth 3-0

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Luke Johnson scored two goals and Zane Gothberg notched his first shutout of the season as North Dakota beat Minnesota-Duluth 3-0 Friday.

The win, combined with Miami’s 4-3 win over St. Cloud State, gave UND (17-9-3, 12-7-0) a share of the lead in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Johnson scored in the first and third period for 11th-ranked North Dakota.

North Dakota is 13-2-1 in its last 16 games.