Wolves Win Double Overtime Classic At Moorhead
Northern State Avenges Home Loss With 118-117 Double Overtime Victory
Moorhead, Minn. – After falling to the Dragons in the NSIC opener, the Northern State University men’s basketball team returned the favor on the road with a 118-117 double overtime defeat of MSU Moorhead. The Wolves improved to 8-4 overall and 4-2 in league action, scoring 34 points in the first, 57 in the second, and 27 in overtime.
The Wolves trailed through the opening ten minutes of the second half, however battled back to gain the lead twice, while holding the Dragons within three. DJ Pollard stepped up big for the team cutting the MSUM lead to just two with a made free throw with just 32 seconds remaining in regulation. Pollard again knocked down the tying bucket with 11 seconds remaining to force the game into OT. The Wolves junior continued his stone cold night, tying the score yet again at 103-all to force the second and final overtime with a layup at the 17 second mark. He then tied the game and sealed the victory for the Wolves knocking down two free throws in the final seconds of the game.
As a team the Wolves shot 48.7 percent from the floor, 44.4 percent from the arc, and 83.3 percent from the foul line. They also tallied 34 points in the paint, 11 points off turnovers, 17 second chance points, and 38 points off the bench. The Dragons shot 51.4 percent from the floor, 42.9 percent from the arc, and 78.6 percent from the foul line in the game. Northern edged out Moorhead with 42 rebounds to the Dragons 41 in the win.
Mack Arvidson led the team with 30 points, giving him a total of 67 this season against the Dragons. The senior knocked down 8-of-17 from the floor and added two rebounds, two steals, and three assists. Ian Smith and Pollard were second on the team with 21 and 20 points respectively. Pollard was second on the team with six rebounds, while dishing out a team leading seven assists.
Bo Fries and Logan Doyle were the final players in double figures with 17 and 12 points each. Doyle led the team at the rim with eight rebounds, and hit 6-of-8 from the floor. Gabe King and Carter Evans followed with six and five points respectively, while Justin Decker and Brayden McNeary knocked down four and three apiece. Arvidson and King led the team with two steals each, while each dished out a team second best three assists.
The Wolves will return to Wachs Arena following the holiday break with a pair of New Year’s contests. NSU will face off against Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State on December 30 and 31 with games at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, and 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday.