Sweep to begin conference play huge for MSU men’s basketball

Sweep to begin conference play huge for MSU men’s basketball

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — The Minnesota State Mavericks men’s basketball team is coming off a huge weekend where the Mavericks swept No. 14 Augustana in a two-game series at home to open up conference play.

The two wins now put the Mavs at 3-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play early on in the abbreviated season that features just 14 conference games.

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“It’s big-time, especially at home here to get two wins against the preseason number one team in the league. I think for us now, moving forward, you try to position yourself for postseason being one of the top four teams. This is a group that can do that, it’s still a long way, we need to worry about Wayne State now,” Head Coach Matt Margenthaler said.

Defensively, the Mavericks are holding opposing teams to under 70 points a game this season. Offensively, MSU features four players averaging double-digit points per game this season led by guard Quincy Anderson at 16 points per game.

“We’re not even playing the way we’re capable of playing right now which is a very positive thing for us and our staff,” said Margenthaler.

MSU’s next test comes on the road after opening up the season with four home games.

The Mavericks travel to Wayne State for a two-game series starting on Friday and wrapping up Saturday.

Wayne State is also off to a 2-0 start in the NSIC South Division after sweeping Concordia St. Paul this past weekend.

Tipoff for Friday’s game between the Mavericks and Wildcats is set for 6:30 p.m.

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