The Minot State men's basketball team hung with Sioux Falls, but ultimately came up short in an 83-72 loss Friday at the MSU Dome.
The Beavers (8-15 overall, 4-15 Northern Sun), had four starters finish in double figures, led by Dominique McDonald's 17 points. But MSU generated just seven points from its bench. The Cougars (13-10, 10-9) received 23 points from their bench as Derek Brown chipped in 12.
MSU shot only 34.6 percent from the floor in the first half and trailed 35-31 at the break. The Beavers fared better in the second half (51.9 percent), but couldn't overcome the Cougars' 50-percent shooting.
USF's Charles Ward tallied a game-high 25 points.
"He had a nice game for them, he scored inside, he scored outside and he got to the foul line," MSU coach Matt Murken said of Ward in a press release. "Their shooters knocked down enough 3s for them to give them effective nights. It was just a solid team effort from their end, but we need to play more consistently and get mentally tough enough to play well defensively for 40 minutes."
The Beavers host Southwest Minnesota State today at 6 p.m. at the MSU Dome.