Beavers’ season ends in loss to Winona State

WINONA, Minn. – Senior forward Chris East recorded a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Minot State men’s basketball team fell 67-56 to Winona State on Wednesday in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Health tournament.

The Beavers (8-19) never led and pulled even with the Warriors (24-6) just once – 6-6 with 16:04 left in the first half. A 10-2 run over the next three minutes gave WSU a 16-8 lead before MSU countered with five unanswered points to climb back within three.

That was as close as the Beavers would get to pulling the upset as the Warriors tallied 14 of the next 17 points, including a four-point play when Conrad Masberg knocked down a 3-pointer and was fouled by sophomore guard Dominique McDonald. WSV led by as many as 19 points.

Neither team had much of an advantage in points in the paint, points off turnovers, second-chance points or fast-break points as WSU outscored MSU by nine points combined in those four categories. But the key difference was the Warriors’ bench play. WSU netted 27 points from its bench players compared to just seven for the Beavers. WSV reserve Isaiah Gray hit 5 of 8 from the field and was 4-for-7 from the free-throw line and finished with 15 points.

Senior guard Isiah Gandy had all seven of MSU’s bench points, hitting two 3s in 17 minutes.

Senior guard E.J. Williams joined East in double figures with 14 points.

Riley Bambenek led the Warriors with 18 points.

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