A quick start to the second half proved to be the difference Friday evening as Minnesota State defeated Minnesota Duluth 76-58 to extends its winning streak to seven games.
With the win, the Mavericks improve to 19-4, including a 15-2 NSIC record. With the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 10-13, including a 6-11 conference record.
The first half saw neither team lead by more than seven points through the opening 20 minutes. The Bulldogs held an 18-13 lead halfway through the opening stanza, but MSU responded with a 17-5 run to go up by seven at 30-23 with 3:39 to go in the half. MSU would hold on to the lead through the rest of the half as it carried a 35-30 lead into the locker room.
Eight Mavericks reached the scoring column in the first half, including senior Charlie Brown who led MSU with eight points. Sophomores Carter Asche and Cameron Kirksey each added six points as well.
As a team, Minnesota State shot 35.1% from the field, including a 4-of-8 (.500) showing from three point land. The Mavericks also passed out seven assists and forced four UMD turnovers.
Brandon Myer led all scorers in the first half with 13 points, He also hauled in seven rebounds. As a unit, the Bulldogs shot 36.4% from the field, including a 3-of-12 performance from long range.
The second half saw the Mavericks begin with a 14-0 run to go up 49-30 with just over 15 minutes to play. Both Brown and senior Chris Kendrix notched six points during MSU’s run. Minnesota State maintain would maintain its double-digit lead throughout the rest of the half as it bested Minnesota Duluth 76-58.
Brown led the Maverick offense with 14 points and three assists, while Kendrix tallied 12 points and seven rebounds. Kirksey finished his night with 11 points, while junior Cole Harper added six points, seven rebounds and three assists.
As a team, MSU shot 42.9% from the field, to go along with a 14-of-18 (.778) showing from the free throw line.
Myer led the Bulldog offense with 23 points and nine rebounds. As a team, UMD shot 33.8% from the field.
Minnesota State concludes its road trip on Saturday as it takes on St. Cloud State. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.