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February 8, 2014

Mavericks not perfect, but close in easy win

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The Mavericks had a 23-14 run in the first seven minutes of the second half. The Mavericks had nine 3-pointers and three dunks in the second half to keep an impressive margin over a team with a winning record.

"(Friday night against Southwest Minnesota State) was a grind, but it was also a pivotal win," Margenthaler said. "That gave us a ton of confidence.

"We rebounded the ball really well, and when we do that, we can get out and run. When our transition game is going, we're pretty dang good."

Monaghan ended up with 23 points, eight assists and four steals, and senior Tanner Adler scored 17, making three 3-pointers, to highlight 52 bench points. Zach Romashko made four 3-pointers to end up with 14 points, while fellow reserves T.J. Okafor and Mike Busack had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Gage Wooten, another senior, scored 12 points and had six rebounds, and O'Brien totalled 11 points.

"We're in a great spot with two weekends left to play," O'Brien said. "It's tough to win on the road, but we're playing well."

The Mavericks (21-4, 15-3 in Northern Sun) finish the regular season with four road games, starting Friday at Bemidji State, which is one game behind Minnesota State in the overall standings.

"You want to win your homes games, but to win the league, you have to win on the road," Margenthaler said. "It's going to be a playoff atmosphere at Bemidji."

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