Northern State Men Clinch Outright NSIC Championship
First Conference Title Since 2003
Aberdeen, S.D. – The No. 12 Northern State University men’s basketball team sealed the programs 36th conference title Friday evening defeating Minnesota Duluth 65-46. The Wolves grabbed the first NSIC Overall Championship since 2002-03, the senior season for current Associate Head Coach Sundance Wicks. The Wolves also won the NSIC North Division with a 26-3 record overall and 19-2 mark in the league.
It was Northern State all-night as the Wolves defeated the Bulldogs by 19 points. Northern tallied 29 points in the first and another 36 in the second, holding their largest lead of 33 points mid-way through the second half. The Wolves shot 43.1 percent from the floor and a perfect 16-for-16 from the charity stripe. They were solid defensively, as UMD shot 25.0 percent from the floor and 27.3 percent from the 3-point line.
The Wolves notched 34 points in the paint, 28 points off the bench, 19 second chance points off of 12 offensive boards, 12 points off of eight Bulldog turnovers, and four fast break points. They out-rebounded Duluth 45-24 in the game and knocked down a game high five made 3-pointers.
Darin Peterka led the team with 17 points, shooting 50.0 percent from the floor, 42.9 percent from the 3-point line, and 1.000 percent from the foul line. He added five rebounds, three assists, and one steal, while leading the team with three made from beyond the arc.
Logan Doyle led the team off the bench and notched his seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and ten rebounds. Doyle went a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor and 6-for-6 from the foul line, while adding one assist. Carter Evans was the final Wolf in double figures with ten points. He notched eight rebounds, three assist, and two steals, while shooting 83.3 percent from the floor.
Ian Smith grabbed a team second best nine rebounds, while adding six points, one assist, and three steals. DJ Pollard and Gabe King rounded out the starting fie with two points apiece. Pollard tallied four rebounds and a team high two blocks, while King added one board.
Bo Fries and Andrew Kallman recorded nine and five points off the bench, while Justin Decker knocked down the final two. Fries shot 50.0 percent from the field, adding four rebounds, three assists, and one block. Kallman tallied two rebounds, and one assist, while Decker added two rebounds of his own.
NSU returns to action tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. versus St. Cloud State in the regular season finale. The Wolves will also honor their four seniors, DJ Pollard, Darin Peterka, Carter Evans, and Logan Doyle prior to tip-off in Wachs Arena.
-Recap Courtesy NSU Athletics