MSU’s adjustments key in first series of the season

MSU’s adjustments key in first series of the season

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - After two games, it’s a mixed bag of results for the MSU men’s basketball team.

The Mavericks fell in game one to Bemidji State by a final 74-59, then turned around one day later and beat the same team 91-67 looking more comfortable as a team after not having any preseason match-ups.

Four players hit double figures in the series finale against Bemidji State, leading that group was sophomore guard Quincy Anderson, who’s averaging 20 points per game after the first weekend of play.

“Quincy was a handful, that’s something we knew he would be, obviously a scoring guard that can score at all three levels,” said Matt Margenthaler, MSU men’s basketball head coach.

Anderson recorded a double-double in the team’s first win of the 2021 season, and it couldn’t come at a better time with the Mavericks wanting to avoid an 0-2 start in a year with only 16 games on the schedule.

“We would have been devastated to go 0-2 at home. We’re going to see a lot of splits in the league, we’re going to see a lot of that this year. You have to be a team that doesn’t get too high or too low. You have to do your job every minute of those 40 minutes. The tougher team is going to win,” said Margenthaler.

The Mavericks now will try to emulate game two’s performance this weekend against Augustana, a team that’s nationally ranked in the NABC poll. The Vikings opened up the season with a couple of victories at MSU-Moorhead.

“We’re going to have to play better. Augustana is one of the better teams in the nation. They’re big, physical, they can shoot the basketball. We’ll have our work cut out for us. We’re at home which will help. The thing you have to do at this time is get better day to day,” said Margenthaler.

Game one of that series between the Vikings and Mavericks is set to tip off at 6 in the evening this Friday at Bresnan Arena.

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