Marshall, Minn. (NSUWolves.com) – The top picked Northern State Wolves faced off against the second picked Southwest Minnesota State mustangs in non-conference action on Wednesday evening, with the Wolves coming out on top 81-68. Northern improves to 81-68 overall and 65-25 all-time against the Mustangs.
It was a close game through the first 20 minutes of action, as the two teams entered the locker room with a 39-36 halftime score. Northern however broke things open in the second with 42 points, holding their largest lead of 17 with just 8:23 remaining in regulation. The Wolves shot 55.4 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from the arc, and 83.3 percent from the foul line in the win.
NSU out-rebounded SMSU 37-29 in the game, notching 12 points off ten offensive boards. The added a season high 50 points in the paint, as well as 18 points off the bench and 13 points of eight turnovers. As a team, the Wolves tallied a game high seven blocks and 14 assists.
Logan Doyle led the team with a season high 17 points and eight rebounds. The senior shot 7-of-11 from the floor, while adding two blocks and one assist. He was followed by four players in double figures including Ian Smith, Carter Evans, Darin Peterka, and DJ Pollard. Smith notched 16 points, followed by Evans with a team leading 15 off the bench. Peterka and Pollard rounded out the group with 11 and ten points respectively.
Smith and Evans were second and third on the team with seven and six rebounds, while Pollard and Gabe King notched five each. King tallied nine points off his own, and recorded a team leading and career high five blocks. Andrew Kallman tallied the final three points for the team, notching one of the Wolves four 3-point baskets.
A total of five Wolves shot 50.0 percent or better from field goal range, led by Doyle with a 70.0 mark. Smith and King were both perfect from the foul line going 3-for-3 each, while Evans sunk his one and only attempt. Smith and Peterka each dished out a team leading four assists, with Evans tallied three and Pollard notched two.
Northern is back on the court this Friday in the 2017-18 home opener from Wachs Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. between the Wolves and the visiting Jimmies of Jamestown. Prior to the game, NSU Athletics will host the first Sideliner Luncheon Series of the basketball season at 11:45 a.m. from Lager’s Inn.