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Crookston, Minn. (NSUWolves.com) – The No. 12 Northern State University men’s basketball team recorded a 31-point victory over Minnesota Crookston on Friday evening, defeating the Golden Eagles 81-50. The Wolves improved to 24-3 overall and 17-2 in the league, heading into the final three games of the regular season.

It was all Northern all the way, as the Wolves notched 39 points in the first and 42 points in the second. As a team, they shot 53.4 percent from the floor, 46.2 percent from the arc, and 58.3 percent from the foul line. They held Crookston defensively, who shot 32.2 percent from the floor and 27.8 percent from the arc. The Wolves out-rebounded the Golden Eagles 48-26, notching 14 points off of 11 offensive boards.

Northern added 34 points in the paint, 34 points off the bench, and ten points off turnovers. They hit 12 from beyond the arc, and added 19 assists, seven blocks, and four steals. The Wolves held their largest lead of 35 points with just 59 seconds remaining in regulation.

Logan Doyle led the team with 18 points off the bench. The senior notched his sixth double-double of the season grabbing a team leading 11 rebounds, as well as shooting 87.5 percent from the floor. DJ Pollard was second on the team as the only other Wolf in double figures, notching 16 points, while shooting 60.0 percent from the floor. Pollard added three assists, two steals, and a team leading three blocks.

Darin Peterka and Gabe King each notched nine points in the win, with Peterka knocking down 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. King tallied five rebounds and a team leading six assists, while Peterka added three rebounds and two steals. Ian Smith and Carter Evans rounded out the starting five with eight and five points respectively. The pair each grabbed a team second best eight rebounds.

Bo Fries notched five points of his own off the bench, while Andrew Kallman added four. Ethan Kranhold dropped a three in the second half, and Justin Decker and Logan LeGrand each tallied two points in the win. Decker grabbed four rebounds and dished out an assist, while Kallman tallied one rebounds and two assists.

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Bemidji, Minn. (NSUWolves.com) – The No. 12 Northern State University men’s basketball team defeated Bemidji State by 28-points in their second triple figure scoring game of the season. With the 104-76 win, Northern improves to 25-3 overall and 18-2 in the league. The Wolves also clinched at least a share of the NSIC North Division and overall titles. The NSIC overall crown will be the first for the program since 2002-03.

It was a balanced attack for the Wolves with 52 points in each half and six players in double figures. Northern shot 60.0 percent from the floor, 44.4 percent from the arc, and 73.7 percent from the foul line. They out-rebounded Bemidji State 38-24, notching 12 second chance points off of eight offensive rebounds. NSU tallied 42 points in the paint, 26 points off the bench, 16 points off turnovers, and four fast break points, combining for 22 assist, three blocks, and four steals.

Four of the starting five scored in double figures, led by sophomore Gabe King with a new career high of 21. King hit 7-of-8 from the floor, 5-of-5 from the 3-points line, and added two rebounds for the team. He was followed by Darin Peterka with 20 points of his own. The senior notched four rebounds and three assists, while shooting 72.7 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the arc.

DJ Pollard and Carter Evans each tallied 15 points in the win. Pollard tallied a team second best six rebounds and four assists, while shooting 71.4 percent from the floor. Evans led the team dishing out a team leading seven assists, and added five rebounds and one block. The senior knocked down 7-of-12 from the floor. Ian Smith rounded out the starting five with seven points, five rebounds, and one block.

Logan Doyle led the team off the bench with 11 points and seven rebounds. He shot 75.0 percent from the floor and added three assists, one block, and one steal. Andrew Kallman followed with five points of his own, while Logan LeGrand notched four. Bo Fries, Ethan Kranhold, and Justin Decker tallied three, two, and one point respectively.

The Wolves return to Wachs Arena for the regular season finale next Friday and Saturday against Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday.