The Northern State University men’s basketball team left everything on the court Saturday in a heartbreaking, last second loss to MSU Moorhead. The Wolves fell to the Dragons, 93-92, after scoring a season high 62 points in the second half. With the loss, NSU falls to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in league action.
The Wolves struggled through the first half, trailing 47-30 as they entered the locker rooms. Northern began to chip away at the lead as they trailed as much as 23 with 1:48 remaining in the half. NSU shot just 33.3 percent in the first, however finished with a 51.7 shooting percentage in the game, after making 20-of-28 shots in the second.
Defensively the Wolves held the Dragons to 46 points in the second, and did everything they could to get back in the game. Northern tied the score three times in the second and took the lead with three seconds remaining on the clock. Mack Arvidson drained a contested 3-point bucket for the Wolves, which gained the lead and gave him a career-high tying 37 points on the night.
2.5 seconds were remained on the clock as the Dragons had possession. MSU Moorhead answered with a buzzer beater of their own, a nearly half-court shot by Tanner Kretchman sealing the victory.
Arvidson led the team, knocking down nine threes and shooting 13-of-21 from the floor. He added another two points off free-throws to match his career high of 37 set a season ago. Ian Smith and DJ Pollard followed with 17 and 15 points respectively, while Logan Doyle notched 13. Doyle tallied his second double-double of the season with a team leading 11 rebounds. Smith and Pollard both dished out a team leading five assists in the game, while also recording five rebound each.
Justin Decker and Gabe King recorded three points each, while Carter Evans and Brayden McNeary notched a basket each. Evans was second on the team with six rebounds. Pollard tallied three of the team’s five blocks, and two of the team’s three steals. Evans and Doyle tallied a lock a piece, while Smith notched the final steal.
Northern shot 51.7 percent from the floor, 53.8 percent from the arc, and 69.2 from the foul line. The Wolves tallied 28 points in the paint, 18 points off the bench, 11 points off six offensive boards, and nine points off nine Dragon turnovers. MSUM edged out the Wolves with 36 rebounds to their 35, however NSU notched 14 made 3-pointers to the Dragons 11 in the game.
NSU will return home to Wachs Arena next Friday and Saturday for a pair of NSIC contest with Minot State and U-Mary. The Wolves will tip-off with the Beavers at 8 p.m. on Friday, and with the Marauders and 6 p.m. on Saturday.