Originally Published: November 5, 2008
Mustang fans got their first chance to see their team in action Friday versus St. Olaf in exhibition play. Southwest Minnesota State University defeated the Oles 97-70 in front of an announced crowd of 512 people.
The game was tight for the first ten minutes of action. With just under nine minutes remaining in the half, the Mustangs scored ten unanswered points over the next three minutes to break the game wide open. The Mustangs went into the half with a 45-30 lead. In the first three minutes of the second half, the Mustangs extended their lead over 20 points and they never looked back to pick up the 27-point win.
Southwest had a balanced attack all night, with no one playing over 19 minutes in the game. All 13 Mustangs who entered the game scored at least four points. Junior Nick Dale and sophomore Taylor Huseby led the attack, each scoring ten points in the win.
This weekend, Southwest will travel to Anaheim, Calif., to take part in the Disney West Coast Tip-Off Classic from Nov. 7-9. While there, the Mustangs will officially open regular season play with three games against stiff competition. After opening up the tournament against the University of Alaska-Anchorage, they will play games against Humboldt State University and Fort Lewis College.
FLC is the 24th-ranked team in the NABC Division II Preseason Coaches’ Poll released on Oct. 30. All three opponents qualified for the NCAA tournament last year, with UAA advancing to the national semifinals.
Those games will all be at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. Be sure to check http://www.SMSUMustangs.com for team updates, as well as for box scores and game summaries.
The Mustangs next home action will be Nov. 14 against Northwestern College (Minn.). It will be the final exhibition game before resuming nonconference play on the road.