The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 18, 2012

Minnesota State men win pair at basketball tournament


The Free Press

ROHNERT PARK, CALIF. — Jarvis William’s second straight double-double propelled the Minnesota State men’s basketball team to a 86-78 victory over San Francisco State at the Sonoma State tournament Saturday.

Williams had 17 points and 10 rebounds, the night after having 14 points and 10 boards in a 75-68 victory over Sonoma State.

Connor O’Brien led the Mavericks with 19 points, including a 3-pointer and wing jumper in the final two minutes to spark a seven-point run that pushed the lead to nine.

Gage Wooten added 11 points, and Assem Marei had 10. Zach Monaghan, who led with five assists, made 4 of 4 free throws in the final 30 seconds.

Minnesota State shot 62.7 percent from the field, including 8 of 16 from 3-point range, and were 14 of 18 on free throws. The Mavericks were plus-9 in rebounding and had 19 assists.

In Friday’s late win over Sonoma State, the Mavericks had four players score in double figures, with nine of the 10 players getting at least a point. Williams’ 14 points led the team, while Monaghan added 11 points and six assists and O’Brien and Marei each scored 10. O’Brien grabbed eight rebounds, and Marei had seven.

The Mavericks shot 48.3 percent from the floor and had 38-26 rebounding advantage with 14 offensive boards.

The Mavericks (3-0) return home for the final nonconference game at 6 p.m. Saturday against Mount Marty.