The Free Press
MANKATO — Assem Marei had 14 points and 10 rebounds as Minnesota State defeated Upper Iowa 95-56 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball game Friday at Bresnan Arena.
The Mavericks shot 53.1 percent in the first half to lead 52-31. Marei had 12 points and eight rebounds, with four offensive boards, in only 11 minutes. Connor O’Brien added nine points and seven rebounds, and Zach Monaghan had nine points, hitting two 3-pointers.
Minnesota State had a 30-13 rebounding advantage in the first half.
“We came out with great intensity for the first 15 minutes, and it was basically over after that,” Minnesota State coach Matt Margenthaler said.
The Mavericks continued to pull away in the second half, shooting 52.4 percent from the field and making 10 of 24 from 3-point range. Minnesota State had a 59-33 advantage in rebounding.
“We continued to shoot the ball very well, and we held them to 26 percent,” Margenthaler said. “We crushed them on the boardss, and that’s a good recipe in college basketball.”
Tanner Adler hit four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points off the bench. Gage Wooten and Connor O’Brien had nine points and 10 rebounds, while Zach Monaghan had 12 points and seven assists.
Minnesota State (8-1, 2-0 in Northern Sun) hosts Winona State at 6 p.m. today.
“We didn’t play well enough tonight to beat a great rival like Winona,” Margenthaler said. “We’ll need to play better.”