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MEN'S BASKETBALL: Mustangs get split vs. MIAA

SMSU tops Northwest Missouri State, loses to Fort Hays State

November 11, 2013
Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Vinard Birch scored a game-high 18 points and added six assists to lead Southwest Minnesota State to a 72-50 victory over Northwest Missouri State on Sunday at the SMSU Classic in Marshall.

SMSU improved to 1-1 this season, while NWMSU dropped to 1-1.

Nick Smith added 13 points with eight rebounds and five blocked shots, while William Giddings chipped in with 14 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead the Mustangs to their first victory of the season.

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Southwest Minnesota State’s Nick Smith dunks the ball against Northwest Missouri State during Day 2 of the SMSU Classic on Sunday at the R/A Facility.

SMSU shot a blistering 61 percent (30 of 49) from the field and held a 34-19 rebound advantage. NWMSU, which shot just 34 percent from the field (16 of 47), was led by Bryston Williams, who scored a team-high 14 points.

"We take pride in being efficient at the offensive end, and I think we were able to get a lot of high-percentage shots by getting a lot of action to the rim," Southwest Missouri State head coach Brad Bigler said. "When Northwest was able to flow to the ball, it created situations where we could drive-and-kick and knock down some 3's."

The Bearcats built an early 15-10 lead in the game's opening 8 minutes, but the Mustangs rallied with an 8-0 run, capped by a William Giddings layup to take an 18-15 lead with 7:48 remaining.

Northwest regained the lead at 21-20 following a 3-pointer by Connor Croker, but again Southwest had an answer with a Joey Bartlett 3-pointer, followed by a Giddings three-point play, a layup by Giddings and a dunk by Nick Smith to give the Mustangs a 30-21 lead at the 2:18 mark. Birch closed the half with a pair of free throws to give SMSU a 33-23 halftime advantage.

Southwest shot 52 percent in the first half and held a 17-9 rebound advantage. Northwest committed 10 first-half turnovers, while the Mustangs had nine turnovers.

"With the size and strength of Northwest, I thought defending the post was going to be a big factor," Bigler said. "Our guys were able to get to fronts and, as a team, we contained their big guys inside, not only from an offensive perspective, but also a rebounding advantage."

Northwest cut the Southwest lead to 38-30 with 14:33 left in the game, but an 8-0 run by the Mustangs built the lead to 44-30 and the margin never dipped below double digits the remainder of the contest.

Shaun Condon added seven points and four assists off the bench for SMSU, while Bartlett contributed eight points connecting on a pair of 3-pointers.

Southwest Minnesota State has eight days off before returning to action Nov. 18 with a non-conference game at NCAA Division I South Dakota State beginning at 7 p.m.

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE 72, NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE 50

Northwest Missouri State2327-50

Southwest Minnesota State3339-72

NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE (1-1) - Byston Williams 4-7 4-8 14, Connor Crooker 2-8 4-4 9, Matt Wallace 1-4 0-0 2, Grant Cozad 0-1 2-2 2, Dillon Starzi 5-10 1-2 11, Lyle Harris 0-1 2-2 2, Tyler Funk 1-4 0-0 2, Jordan Ashton 0-2 0-0 0, Zach Schneider 2-7 0-0 6, Kyle Schlake 1-3 0-0 2. TOTALS - 16-47 (34%) 13-18 (72%) 50.

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE (1-1) - Will Giddings 5-12 3-3 14, Vinard Birch 8-9 2-2 18, Mitch Weg 1-2 1-2 3, Matt Zager 2-3 0-0 5, Nick Smith 6-8 1-2 13, Drew Osmundson 0-0 0-0 0, Shaun Condon 3-5 0-0 7, Joey Bartlett 3-5 0-0 8, Cole Martin 1-4 0-0 2, David Condon 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS - 30-49 (61%) 7-9 (78%) 72.

3-POINT FIELD GOALS - NWMSU 5-14 (Williams 2-2, Schneider 2-5, Crooker 1-5, Wallace 0-1, Funk 0-1); SMSU 5-12 (Bartlett 2-3, Zager 1-1, S. Condon 1-2, Giddings 1-5, Martin 0-1). REBOUNDS - NWMSU 19 (Wallace 4, Starzi 4); SMSU 34 (Smith 8, Weg 6, Giddings 6, Birch 4). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT) - NWMSU 11 (none); SMSU 15 (none). TECHNICAL FOULS - None. ASSISTS - NWMSU 12 (Williams 3, Funk 3); SMSU 15 (Birch 6, S. Condon 4). STEALS - NWMSU 6 (Wallace 3); SMSU 7 (Zager 3). BLOCKED SHOTS - NWMSU 2 (Crooker 1, Schlake 1); SMSU 6 (Smith 5). TURNOVERS - NWMSU 13; SMSU 13.

Fort Hays State 89, SMSU 72

MARSHALL - Craig Nicholson scored a career-high 29 points and created 11 assists, while teammate Carson Konrade added 19 points on 7 of 8 shooting to lead Fort Hays State, Kan., to an 89-72 victory over Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday at the SMSU Classic in the season opener for both teams.

FHSU finished the game by connecting on 13 of 18 attempts from 3-point range, including 10 of 13 in the second half, to erase SMSU's 36-31 halftime lead. The Mustangs finished by making 4 of 23 attempts from 3-point range and committed 17 turnovers.

The Tigers were picked to win the MIAA and received votes in the preseason Top 25 poll this season.

Will Giddings led SMSU with 16 points on 6 of 12 shooting, while Shaun Condon scored a career-high 15 points, with all 15 markers coming from the free throw line.

Condon finished by making 15 of 16 free throws to set a Mustangs' single-game record for free throws made in a single game. The previous record was 13, established six previous times.

Matt Zager (13), Vinard Birch (11) and Nick Smith (10) also all scored in double figures for SMSU.

The Tigers finished the game by shooting 48 percent (28 of 59) from the field and were 20 of 26 from the free-throw line. The Mustangs ended up shooting 37 percent (21 of 57) from the field and 26 of 32 from the foul line. SMSU held a 42-32 rebound advantage.

FHSU held the lead for much of the opening half, including a pair of six-point leads. The Tigers led 24-18 with 8 minutes left in half, before the Mustangs rallied during a 10-2 run to take a 28-26 lead following a jumper from Matt Zager.

SMSU eventually closed the half on an 8-3 run to take a 36-31 advantage at the break. FHSU shot just 36 percent from the field in the opening half, while the Mustangs shot 41 percent.

SMSU took a six-point lead at 38-32 early in the second half before the Tigers rallied and regained the lead at 41-40 at the 16:10 mark.

The two teams were tied at 52 with 11 minutes remaining, but a game-changing 16-6 run by the Tigers made the score 68-58 with 8:13 remaining and FHSU never looked back in earning the victory.

FORT HAYS STATE 89, SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE 72

Fort Hays State3158-89

Southwest Minnesota State3636-72

FORT HAYS STATE (1-0) - Craig Nicholson 7-12 14-15 29, Carson Konrade 7-8 0-0 19, Tomislav Gabric 4-8 3-4 13, Jake Stoppel 2-9 2-4 6, Dwayne Brunson 1-6 0-0 2, Achoki Molkobu 0-0 0-0 0, James Fleming 6-10 1-3 17, Jared Tadlock 1-3 0-0 3, Andrew Victoria 0-2 0-0 0, Marty Wendel 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS - 28-59 (48%) 20-26 (77%).

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE (1-0) - Will Giddings 6-12 2-2 16, Vinard Birch 3-7 5-6 11, Mitch Weg 0-3 3-4 3, Matt Zager 5-6 1-2 13, Nick Smith 5-10 0-1 10, Drew Osmundson 0-0 0-0 0, Shaun Condon 0-4 15-16 15, Joey Bartlett 1-7 0-1 2, Cole Martin 1-8 0-0 2. TOTALS - 21-57 (37%) 26-32 (81%) 72.

3-POINT FIELD GOALS - FHSU 13-18 (Knorade 5-6, Fleming 4-7, Gabric 2-3, Nicholson 1-1, Tadlock 1-1); SMSU 4-23 (Zager 2-3. Giddings 2-5, Birch 0-1, Condon 0-2, Bartlett 0-6, Martin 0-6). REBOUNDS - FHSU 32 (Nicholson 8, Gabric 7); SMSU 42 (Weg 9, Smith 9, Giddings 6). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT) - FHSU 26 (Stoppel); SMSU 21 (Birch). TECHNICAL FOULS - None. ASSISTS - FHSU 14 (Nicholson 11, Fleming 2); SMSU 7 (Smith 2, Zager 2, Birch 2). STEALS - FHSU 10 (Konrade 3, Gabric 3); SMSU 6 (Weg 2). BLOCKED SHOTS - FHSU 4 (Brunson 3); SMSU 2 (Smith 2). TURNOVERS - FHSU 11; SMSU 17.

 
 

 

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