Season begins with a pair of wins

Originally Published: December 5, 2007

The Mustang men’s basketball team opened up the conference season on the road this past weekend as they traveled up north to face Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota, Crookston. They returned home with two wins to move their record to 4-2 overall, including 2-0 in NSIC play.

On Friday, SMSU played Bemidji State (3-5, 1-1 NSIC), a team they defeated three times last season. The Mustangs started out hot, scoring eleven of the game’s first fourteen points. After that, they never really slowed down and won by a final score of 79-59.

Senior guard Matt Fletcher led the Mustangs on Friday, scoring 21 points on 7-12 shooting, including 5-9 from 3-point range. Fletcher also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists, all in only 25 minutes of playing time. Senior guard Travis Krenske scored fourteen points on 7-13 shooting, while also adding eight assists and three steals.

On Saturday, the Mustangs traveled to Crookston (1-5, 0-2 NSIC) to face the pesky Golden Eagles in a gym that has caused some trouble for the Mustangs in the past. However, the Mustangs were able to win in convincing fashion, 76-58.

Krenske led the team in scoring with fifteen points, while also adding five rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Kevin Andrews had a good game off the bench, adding a season-high fourteen. Fletcher and junior Ross DeMasi rounded out the double digit scoring with eleven and twelve points, respectively.

After the weekend games, several Mustang players are on the conference leaderboards. Fletcher and Krenske are tenth and eleventh in scoring. Krenske is also third in the conference in assists and fourth in steals. DeMasi and Roehl are fifth and sixth in rebounding and DeMasi is leading the conference in field goal percentage.

The Mustangs have two more conference games before going into the holiday break of non-conference action. Those are both next weekend as the Mustangs will host Northern State University on Friday, followed on Saturday with the University of Mary.

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