MSU men drop 87 points again for a weekend sweep

FAYETTE, Iowa — For a second day in a row, the Minot State men’s basketball team put up 87 points and came away with a road NSIC victory.

The Beavers (12-15, 7-11 NSIC) topped Upper Iowa (6-18, 3-15 NSIC) Saturday evening, 87-84. MSU has now won five out of its last seven games.

Kyle Beisch went 7-for-10 behind the three-point line for a team-high 25 points. The Beavers made 14 3-pointers as a team and shot a deadly 63 percent from the floor.

Alongside Beisch, Max Cody (13 points and eight assists), David Akibo (13 points), Kody Dwyer (13 points) and Dorian Aluyi (11 points) reached double figures in scoring.

MSU lead for a majority of the game with its biggest lead being 14 points in the middle of the second half.

Upper Iowa was led by Joe Smoldt with 27 points.

The Beavers are back on the road for the final time this regular season next weekend against Minnesota Crookston (Feb. 15) and Bemidji State (Feb. 16).

MSU women hold on for 72-69 win

FAYETTE, Iowa — The Minot State women’s basketball team were given all they could handle on the road Saturday at Upper Iowa.

The Beavers (11-13, 6-12 NSIC) narrowly escaped with a 72-69 victory over the NSIC winless Peacocks (3-23, 0-18 NSIC).

MSU went to halftime down four points, but outscored Upper Iowa 26-8 in the third quarter and it looked like the Beavers had things back under control.

The Peacocks still had more in the tank and got within a point in the final seconds. MSU guard Mariah Payne, who finished with a game-high 23 points, made two free throws at the end to extend the final score out to three points, 72-69.

Calli Delsman (17), Madison Wald (13) and Kari Clements (10) also finished in double figures for the Beavers.

MSU has its final two road games of the regular season next weekend against Minnesota Crookston (Feb. 15) and Bemidji State (Feb. 16).

MSU indoor track & field breaks more school records

BROOKINGS, S.D. — For the third week in a row, the Minot State indoor track and field team scattered multiple Division II era school records. This past weekend the Beavers did so at the South Dakota State University Indoor Classic.

On Saturday, the relay team of Colin Olson, Chiti Nkhuwa, Dante Gadbois and Leo Skellenger combined to place fifth and set a new school record in the DII era in the men’s distance medley relay (DMR) with a time of 10:35.87.

The women’s DMR team consisting of Abby McGee, Erin Winterton, Brinlie Nielsen and Lauren Reeves posted a time of 13:00.81 to place fourth and set a new school record in the DII era

Gadbois circled the track in 1:25.39 in the 600 meter to set a new DII era record.

Following his record performance last weekend, Logan Krueger improved his school-best mark in the shot put with a toss of 13.31 meters to place first.

The Beavers are off next weekend and will return to competition at the NSIC Indoor Championships on Feb. 22-23 in Mankato, Minn.

— MSU athletics