The Free Press, Mankato, MN

February 2, 2013

MSU men defeat off Minot State 83-72

The Free Press

MINOT, N.D. — Jarvis Williams made 8 of 9 shots in the second half, finishing with 25 points and leading Minnesota State to an 83-72 victory over Minot State in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball game Saturday.

“We started using Jarvis and Zach Monaghan in a two-man game,” coach Matt Margenthaler said. “Zach was finding Jarvis, and he was finishing everything around the rim.”

The Mavericks led 41-38 at halftime, but Minot State took a one-point lead at the 12-minute mark. The game was tied at 61 with 8:16 remaining, but Gage Wooten’s 3-pointer put the Mavericks on top for good.

“Defensively, we did a good job of staying compact and playing the gaps,” Margenthaler said. “We rebounded the ball extremely well, and our bench was huge and gave us some good minutes.”

Assem Marei added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Wooten finished with 13 points. Williams had seven rebounds, and Monaghan made eight assists.

The Mavericks shot 61.5 percent from the field, including 68.2 percent in the second half. MSU had a 37-28 rebounding advantage.

Minnesota State (18-2, 14-2 in Northern Sun) has home games against Bemidji State on Friday and Minnesota Crookston on Saturday.