Mustangs close to breaking through to top eight

Originally Published: February 13, 2008

The Southwest Minnesota State University men’s basketball team entered last weekend as the tenth ranked team in the North Central region, knowing that they would likely need to win both games to crack the top eight.

The first game of the weekend was against the Upper Iowa University Peacocks, who entered the weekend with a record of 5-7 in conference play. If you like a lot of offense, this was the game for you to watch. The Mustangs won the game 88-76. Those 88 points were the most by a Mustang team since Jan. 5, 2007, when they scored 88 against the same Upper Iowa University squad.

In the win, the Mustangs shot 66 percent, including 70.4 percent in the first half. It was a balanced attack on offense for Southwest. Five Mustangs scored in double digits but no player scored more than 14 points. Junior Ross DeMasi was the high point-scorer pouring in 14 points on a perfect 5-5 shooting night. Also scoring in double figures were senior Matt Fletcher (13), junior Ryan Krome (12), sophomore Kevin Andrews (12) and senior Travis Krenske (11).

Saturday night was a much more daunting task for the Mustangs as they faced off against the Warriors from Winona State University. The Warriors came into the weekend as the third-ranked team in the nation, as well as the number one team in the North Central region. The mighty Warriors proved to be too much for Southwest, as Winona pulled away winning 72-54.

Southwest was led by sophomore Andrew Peschong, who scored 11 points off the bench. Fletcher, Krenske and Andrews all also scored 8 points each. DeMasi added 5 points while also tallying 6 rebounds in the loss. In the game, the Mustangs only managed to shoot 34.7 percent, including just 21.4 percent in the first half on 6-28 shooting.

This weekend, the Mustangs will face the Wayne State College Wildcats on Saturday night. Opening tip is set for 8 p.m. at the R/A Facility on the SMSU campus . This will be the final regular season home game for the Mustang men’s team.


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