Originally Published: November 19, 2008
The Southwest Minnesota State University Rolling Mustangs opened their 2008-2009 season at home with a doubleheader against the University of Wisc.-Whitewater. The Mustangs are coming off a successful season, finishing in fifth place at the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament last March.
However, the Mustangs struggled in the first two games of the season, dropping both to UWW. In the first game of the day, the Rolling Mustangs had a bad field goal percentage and struggled with foul trouble for the duration of the contest. SMSU lost the game by 15 points, 56-41. Southwest senior Evan Thorn fouled out after only playing 16 minutes in the loss, down from his average of 36 minutes per game last season. He finished the contest with only two points, seven rebounds and six assists.
When Thorn went out with foul trouble, fellow senior Nathaniel Carruth took over. Carruth finished the game with 19 points and 13 rebounds, playing all 40 minutes in the contest. Freshman newcomer Kyle Timmerman also chipped in, adding 12 points and seven rebounds in the loss.
An hour later, the two teams strapped in to play another game. In this matchup, the Rolling Mustangs continued to struggle from the field, only connecting on 31.9 percent of their shots. On the other side, UWW was executing their possessions. Southwest lost game two 73-46. Leading the way for the Mustangs was Thorn, who scored 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists in the loss. Carruth also added ten points, ten rebounds and eight assists for SMSU.
The Rolling Mustangs will travel over 1,000 miles this weekend to Edinboro, Penn. They will play two games Friday against the Edinboro University Fighting Scots.