MSU recap: Beavers elminated in NSIC tournament
In men’s basketball on Saturday, the Beavers fell to Northern State University 72-63 in a semi-final tournament contest. The game was played at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
MSU swingman Melvin Newbern logged a game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds on 8-of-17 shooting from the field. Big man Kody Dwyer posted 13 points and two rebounds in defeat.
The Minot State men’s team end the 2020-21 season with an overall record of 9-7 and a conference mark of 6-4.
Beavers hockey upends Tetons in two-game sweep
In men’s hockey, the Beavers trounced Williston State College in both games of a two-game home series on Friday and Saturday. In Friday’s matchup, the Beavers came out on the winning end of an 8-0 final. Then in Saturday’s game, MSU defeated Williston State 7-1.
With 21 victories on the year and riding a 12-game winning streak, Minot State plans to travel to Bismarck for its next game against UMary on Wednesday, March 10. In women’s hockey, the Beavers had their Saturday contest against Midland canceled after recording a 3-2 home win over the Warriors on Friday night. Up next, the MSU women plan to host Dakota College at Bottineau for a two-game series on March 13 and 14.
MSU baseball 5-3 winners in Central Oklahoma
Minot State put an end to its three-game skid with a 5-3 road triumph over Central Oklahoma on Saturday. With the game tied 2-2 after eight innings, MSU posted a three-run rally in the ninth to close out the game.
Jordan Chappell was the winning pitcher as he tossed two shutout innings of relief, striking out five batters and walking two without allowing a hit. Meanwhile, Blake Gallagher picked up his first save of the season for the Beavers. Offensively for MSU, outfielder Jackson Pokorney went 1-for-5 on the day with his lone hit being a homerun. Fellow outfielder Drew Behling went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs batted in.
Next up for the Beavers, they plan to head to Sioux Falls for a three-game set with the Cougars starting on March 20. Meanwhile in softball, the Beavers dropped both games of a Saturday road doubleheader against St. Cloud State.
MSU lost 4-3 in the first matchup, and 7-4 in the second contest. With four straight defeats, the Beavers will look to bounce back at home against Minnesota Duluth in doubleheader set for Thursday, March 18.
Minot St. wrestling ends season at NCAA Regional Five
Minot State University finished the season at the NCAA Regional Five at Northern State University on Friday.
Oscar Nellis (125) started off the day with a win by fall over Ben Emrich (Southwest Minn St.) in the first round. Nellis then fell to Cole Jones in the quarterfinal by a 3-2 decision, sending him into the consolation round. He then recorded 9-1 major decision over Ethan Cota (Augustana), a 12-9 decision over Landen Fischer (Northern State), but then dropped the consolation semifinal match by a 6-4 sudden defeat against Kaden Anderlik to end his run with five team points for MSU.
At 184, Keegan Berry defeated Kolby Kost (Augustana) in the quarterfinals by a 7-4 decision. He then went into the semifinals and dropped a decision 7-2 for only his second loss of the year. Berry then fell to Caden Steffen (Southwest Minn St.) in a tight 3-2 decision to end his competition.
Meanwhile, No. 10 ranked Jordan Will (285) received a bye in the first round and competed in the quarterfinals against Steven Hajas (Augustana). Will was defeated by Hajas with a pin at 6:25 and moved into the consolation round. Will then dropped his final match of the year in the second round of the consolation bracket by a 7-3 decision against Rodsean Graham (Wisconsin-Parkside). He finished the year with a 5-3 overall record.
Track and field in action at NSIC Championships
In track and field, the Minot State University men’s squad posted the highest finish at the NSIC Championships in program history on Friday. The Beavers placed seventh with 31.5 points in the conference championships at Minnesota State-Mankato.
MSU’s highlights included four Division II era school records, five NSIC All-Conference honorees, nine NSIC podium finishers and 14 NSIC medalists. On the women’s side, Minot State University produced the most team points (14) and highest team finish (13th) in the last five years. Five All-Conference honors and two new all-time records were set at the women’s competition.
Both Minot State teams will participate in the NCAA Championships, in Birmingham, Alabama, starting on Friday, March 12.
MSU soccer improves to 3-0 in Sunday’s win
The Minot State women’s soccer club won its third game of the season on Sunday as they defeated Montana State-Billings at home 3-1. Sofia Lewis, Melanie Van Walstijn and Maddie Underwood all recorded goals in the Beavers’ win. Up next, MSU plans to take on Minnesota State-Mankato on the road in its next game this Friday.