The Dragons finished their weekend homestand against Wayne State (Neb.) on Saturday with the ‘It’s a Slam Dunk, Don’t Drive Drunk’ event held at MSUM and around the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The event took place after Southwest Minnesota State University’s head basketball coach, Brad Bigler, lost his five-month old son Drake to a drunk driving accident in July 2012.
MSUM, along with the other teams in the NSIC, held events this weekend to raise awareness about drunk driving.
Each team in the NSIC made videos about not driving after drinking. MSUM held a pledge drive where students signed up to pledge they wouldn’t drive drunk. Each student who signed up received a blue bracelet from the Student Athlete Advisory Committee with the NSIC logo ‘It’s a Slam Dunk, Don’t Drive Drunk,’ as well as NCAA logo.
“We try and be involved as we can,” said Jon Wepking, assistant athletic director for marketing and production. “It’s (the NSIC league) a community that cares about each other very much.”
The women’s team continued their winning streak, beating Wayne State 67-62. The Dragons were led by Morgan Zabel and improved their overall record to 14-8 and 11-7 in NSIC action.
The men’s team suffered a tough loss to Wayne State, losing 70-73. The Dragons at one time had a 22-point lead, but saw that lead diminish in the last seven minutes of the game. The loss dropped the Dragons to 16-8 overall and 10-8 in NSIC action.
Next up for the Dragons is a road trip to St. Cloud State University (Minn.) and the University Minnesota, Duluth before returning home for the final two home games of the regular season against University of Mary (N.D.) and Minot State University (N.D.).
BY BREANN LENZMEIER
PHOTO BY JESSICA FLEMING