Moore’s 22 points leads MSU MBB to seventh straight win

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Senior Nathaniel Moore scored a season-high 22 points leading five players in double figures as Minot State cruised to an 87-62 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory over Minnesota State Moorhead on Friday in the Nemzek Fieldhouse.

Minot State completed the season sweep of the Dragons with the victory and posted its first victory at Minnesota State Moorhead since a 90-78 win on Dec. 3, 1988.

Moore, who scored 11 points in the first half, finished one point shy of tying his career high of 23 points he scored against Bemidji State last season. He finished the game 10-of-16 from the floor and also added four rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Minot State, which improved to 14-1 overall and 8-1 in the NSIC, extended its current winning streak to seven straight games. The Beavers shot 52.4 percent from the floor, 50.0 percent from the three-point line and 80.0 percent from the free throw line. It marked the sixth consecutive game in which the Beavers have topped 50 percent shooting from the floor.

Minot State also received 14 points from Russ Davis, 12 points each from Luis Ricci Maia and Tyler Rudolph and 11 points from David Akibo.

Minnesota State Moorhead, which dropped to 4-11 overall and 2-7 in conference play, was led by Travaun Coad who had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Minot State took control of the game midway through the first period with a 13-2 run.

Leading 28-18 with 8:43 to play in the first half, Akibo began the run with a free throw and Rudolph followed with a three-pointer to increase the lead to 32-18 at the 7:35 mark of the first.

Following a jumper by Johnny Beeninga trimmed the lead to 32-20, Ricci Maia drilled a three-pointer to push the lead to 35-20.

Back-to-back layups by Moore and a layup by Ricci Maia gave the Beavers a 41-20 lead with 5:21 remaining in the first period.

A three-pointer by Akibo at the first-half buzzer gave Minot State a 49-28 lead at the intermission.

Minot State held a double-digit lead for the entire second half and pushed the lead to as much as 33 points.

Minot State returns to action on Saturday (Jan. 6) when it visits Northern State in a first-place showdown in the NSIC North Division. The Beavers and Wolves will meet at 6 p.m.

– Minot State athletics