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January 4, 2014

Wooten, Mavericks subdue St. Cloud in Easy Win

Five Mavericks reach double-figures in scoring

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The Mavericks spent the bulk of the first half trailing the Huskies as the backcourt play of SCSU guards Jordan Poydras and Damarius Cruz played every minute of the session and combined for 20 of the Huskies’ first 40 points. As the half dwindled down, the two stellar guards began to as well while the Mavericks found more open shots and Monaghan and Wooten began to heat up.

MSU hit the locker room up 45-40 and never looked back, getting on a 15-4 run to begin the second half. Soon the shooting of Wooten and Monaghan mixed with the inside play of Marei became too much for the Huskies and the Mavericks continued to build their lead.

Cruz and Poydras were limited in the second half, giving Monaghan the advantage on the outside as he totaled eight in the second half to finish with 20, something Margenthaler credits to the fatigue of the two after the first.

“They came out and shot the ball well early but they got tired at the end because they had to play so many minutes,” Margenthaler said. “Defensively we ran them around a bit just to get them tired, but they’re two really good players.”

Monaghan concurred: “They’re talented players, who both shoot the ball real well. We made an effort to get out to Cruz more and that helped.”

Cruz finished with 15 and Poydras ended with 11 as the Mavericks held the two guards to a combined six points in the second half. Forward Matt Craggs led all Huskies’ scorers with 19 points and junior Connor Niehaus helped out with 11.

Overall it was Wooten who applied the constant dagger to the Huskies as his all-around play presented a problem all evening. He played inside as well as outside and helped himself to five rebounds in the rout.

MSU hosts Minnesota Duluth tonight at 6 p.m. at Bresnan Arena.

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