Southwest secures split in Illinois

Originally Published: February 13, 2008

Another weekend on the road for the Southwest Minnesota State University and another weekend split. This time, the Rolling Mustangs squad traveled to Champaign, Ill. for four games.

SMSU began the weekend facing off against the University of Edinboro. The Edinboro Scots kept the game close throughout but the Mustangs were able to pull out the 45-43 win. Southwest was led by three players who reached double digits in scoring, senior Nathan Peitz was the high scorer with 12 points, third year Evan Thorn recorded a double double with 11 points and 12 rebounds and third year Nathan Carruth chipped in 10 points of his own.

In the second game, the Mustangs faced the University of Illinois, the top-ranked team in the nation. Southwest fell to the Illini, 80-30. Peitz led the team in scoring with 12 points on 5-10 shooting. Peitz was the only Mustang to connect on at least 50 percent of shots attempted. Thorn was the high rebounder for the Mustangs with nine rebounds along with his 6 points.

The third game of the weekend was a historic game for one Mustang player. Thorn tallied the 1,100th point of his career, becoming just the 15th player in program history to accomplish that feat. He finished the game with 11 points and five rebounds. Peitz and Riggle added ten points each in the 68-43 victory for the Mustangs.

The next action for the Rolling Mustangs will be this Saturday afternoon against the Junior Rolling Timberwolves. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. at the PE Gym in Marshall.

For more information on the wheelchair basketball program, go to SMSUMustangs.com.

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