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Mustangs doomed by buzzer beater — again

December 20, 2010
Marshall Independent

Four possessions have separated Southwest Minnesota State men's basketball from a perfect record in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Last weekend, the Mustangs fell after two potential game-winning shots didn't go in. On Friday against Winona State, a buzzer-beater doomed SMSU.

On Saturday at Upper Iowa, the Mustangs brought the game to overtime when Jordan Miller hit a game-tying shot with two seconds left.

In OT, center Taylor Huseby put the Mustangs ahead 74-72 with five seconds left.

But after a timeout, the Peacocks pushed the ball up the floor, found Dan Bestul on the wing, and he hit the game-winner, putting Upper Iowa over SMSU 75-74.

The Mustangs go to 2-4 in the NSIC, 5-5 overall, while the Peacocks move to 2-3 in the NSIC, 3-6 overall.

"We made it difficult to get it up the floor," SMSU head coach Brad Bigler said of the last play. "They made a great play, made it over to the wing and shot a contested three. (Bestul) made a heck of a play."

In the midst of a four-game losing streak, the Mustangs have lost by a total of six points.

"In the locker room, there was a lot of emotion after the game," Bigler said. "These guys care, they have a lot of passion about what we're doing, and it's frustrating for everyone. At the same time, we went on the road and all these teams have to come and play us at home. We've got a chance to redeem ourselves."

Bestul led all scorers with 24 points, while the Peacocks' Tucker Wentzien added 19 in the win.

Leading SMSU in scoring was Scott Roehl, who scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds.

Bigler said at the start of the year, the team was going to play in two seasons - before the Christmas break and after the break. With their next game on Jan. 1 at home against Minnesota-Crookston, the Mustangs hope to start their next season off with a win.

"Now, it's time to learn from our mistakes, and boy, did we get some experience in that first half," Bigler said. "I can't imagine anyone had as many close games as us for our freshmen and redshirt freshmen."

SMSU (74)

Vinard Birch 2-3 3-4 7, Jordan Miller 3-12 7-7 15, Lavione West 4-9 0-0 9, Taylor Huseby 4-8 1-2 9, Scott Roehl 6-11 4-4 16, Trent Carlson 1-4 0-0 3, William Giddings 1-2 0-0 2, Matt Zager 2-9 0-0 5, Nick Smith 4-7 0-0 8. Totals 27-65 15-17 74. Three-Pointers 5-12 (Miller 2-7) Rebounds 39 (Roehl 16) Assists 18 (Zager 5) Steals 2 Blocks 5 (Roehl 2) Turnovers 14 Total Fouls 17.

Upper Iowa (75)

Matt Lesan 2-5 3-3 7, Jake Hughes 3-10 0-0 6, Dan Bestul 8-11 4-4 24, Alex Kramer 1-2 0-0 2, Tucker Wentzien 5-13 9-9 19, Brad Arnold 3-5 0-0 6, Neil Gross 1-1 0-0 2, Sam Elgin 1-1 0-0 3, Trevor Hook 1-1 0-0 3, Mike Lafrenz 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 26-54 17-18 75. Three-Pointers 6-16 (Bestul 4-6) Rebounds 21 (Wentzien 8) Assists 19 (Lesan 4, Hughes 4) Steals 5 (Lesan 2) Blocks 6 (Wentzien 2) Turnovers 9 Total Fouls 15.

Halftime Score: SMSU 30, Upper Iowa 25.

 
 

 

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