Minot sinks nine 3-pointers in 85-73 win over Blue Hawks
MINOT -- Hot three-point shooting propelled Minot State to an 85-73 victory over Dickinson State Wednesday at the MSU Dome. The Beavers were 9-of-18 beyond the arc for 50 percent and shot 50.8 percent from the floor. "I thought we passed the ball...
MINOT - Hot three-point shooting propelled Minot State to an 85-73 victory over Dickinson State Wednesday at the MSU Dome.
The Beavers were 9-of-18 beyond the arc for 50 percent and shot 50.8 percent from the floor.
"I thought we passed the ball pretty well tonight at times," MSU coach Matt Murken said. "We ended up with 18 assists and just nine turnovers. I'm like a broken record with our guys, but I keep harping on them that sometimes less is more on the offensive end. Sometimes you just need to space properly and get your feet set."
For the Blue Hawks, the loss is the second of the season to Minot, and unofficially breaks up a two game winning streak. The game was technically an exhibition, and won't count towards the season's standings.
Fresh off a win against Jamestown on Tuesday, Minot State started clicking from long range in the first half, connecting on 5 of 9 three-point shots to take a 39-34 lead at intermission. The Beavers sealed the game from the free throw line in the second half, finishing 14-of-17 from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes, and 16-of-19 overall.
While the contest was an exhibition for Dickinson State, it counted for the Beavers. In an earlier exhibition meeting on Oct. 26 in Dickinson, Minot State won 88-68.
Junior forward Tyler Rudolph led Minot State with a season-high 26 points and also had nine rebounds. Rudolph has scored at least 20 points in each of the Beavers' first four games. Point guard Luis Ricci Maia had 16 points and eight assists, while forward Stevan Jovanovic had 12 points and four rebounds.
"We've been working on spacing during the week, so it helps when you're dribbling and your teammate knows every spot he should be," Ricci Maia said of his eight assists. "I just tried to stay aggressive and create plays for my teammates. When you have guys like we do on the floor, it's a lot easier to get assists."
Marcus White was Dickinson's leading scorer with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Gilberto Shojgreen contributed 15 points and Jerry Shevlin finished with 14. The Bluehawks shot 41.5 percent from the field and 26.1 percent from long range.
Minot State (2-2) takes on Mayville State at 2 p.m. Sunday at the MSU Dome, while Dickinson (3-2) faces Carroll at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Helena, Montana.