Dragons roll to second win

BY TURNER BLAUFUSS
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Sophomore guard Ngijol Songolo goes for the layup on Saturday in the Dragons win.

Sophomore guard Ngijol Songolo goes for the layup on Saturday in the Dragons win.

The MSUM Dragons boys’ basketball team went to work against the Northland College Lumberjacks in a 94-38 victory to improve their record to 2-0.

The Dragons’ entire roster scored in the game against the lowly Lumberjacks, and head coach Chad Walthall made sure his team still made improvement.

“You don’t ever want to not appreciate winning, because winning’s tough. You want the guys to enjoy it, and we still have a lot of work to do,” Walthall said. “But the team should enjoy it because you don’t want to take winning for granted.”

MSUM jumped out to a 36-8 lead and made their presence known inside. The Dragons outrebounded the Lumberjacks 48-20 and played hounding defense forcing 15 turnovers.

“I don’t think that was Northland’s best showing because they had a game last night, but the key thing is to keep playing the right way. Not play the scoreboard, which can be tough,” Walthall said. “For the most part, we were engaged and ready on every possession.”

The Dragons caught fire from behind the arc in the second half, shooting eight for 16 with six different players sinking the three ball in the game.

“We will always be a three- point shooting team. It’s one of our trademarks, and we like to bring in guys who can hit the three. We got some good looks for our shooters,” Walthall said.

The Dragons were led by Ngijol Songolo and Urbane Bingham with 14 apiece to lead the balanced scoring effort.

Taylor Filipek and Prescott Williams pulled down eight boards each.

The Dragons are home on Thursday with tipoff at 7 p.m. when they host Concordia-Moorhead.

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