By the slimmest of margins, the Minot State men's basketball team's hopes of winning conference games on consecutive weekends were dashed.
Southwest Minnesota State senior forward William Giddings swished a contested 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining to bury the Beavers 75-72 on Saturday at the MSU Dome.
MSU (8-16 overall, 4-16 Northern Sun) erased a 19-point, second-half deficit, but Southwest Minnesota State (16-10, 13-7) scored the final five points of the game to escape .
The Beavers took a 72-70 lead on free throws by senior guard E.J. Williams with 1:06 to play, but Giddings countered with a pair from the charity stripe with 43 seconds remaining.
"We really battled back there in the second half and we started to play desperate which raised our intensity level," MSU coach Matt Murken said in a press release.
MSU was turned the ball over on a shot-clock violation on the ensuing possession, leaving SMSU with 5.9 seconds and the ball. Giddings drill a long, contested 3-pointer to give the Mustangs the lead.
Giddings led the Mustangs with 20 points and five rebounds. Shaun Condon added 14 points and Mitch Weg added 10 points and seven points in the win.
Williams hit 5 of 6 3-pointers on his way to 26 points and added four assists and three rebounds for MSU. Thomas Korf added 13 points and three rebounds, while Chris East and Samuel Johnson scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. East paced the Beavers with eight rebounds in the loss.
MSU closes the regular season with a road trip to Minnesota State-Moorhead and Northern State on Friday and Saturday.