Dragons ‘shuck’ Cobbers

BY TURNER BLAUFUSS
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Freshman forward Matt Nelson goes for a layup on Saturday in the Dragons game against Concordia. Nelson tossed in seven points in the Dragons’ victory.

Freshman forward Matt Nelson goes for a layup on Saturday in the Dragons game against Concordia. Nelson tossed in seven points in the Dragons’ victory.

The MSUM men’s basketball team played host to their non-conference and cross-town rivals Concordia College on Friday night and ran all over the Cobbers in a 102-55 rout. The Dragons had a balanced offensive attack with every team member scoring.

he Dragons and Cobbers were tight early on, and the Dragons strung together a strong 24-5 run to close out the half up 49-25 with seven different players who pitched in points. The Dragons didn’t take their foot off the gas as they returned to the court outscoring the Cobbers 53-30 in the second half.

en Figini was key in the Dragons’ first 100-point showing since 2004, as he turned in his best game for MSUM with 16 points. Figini shot 4-6 from the field, as the Dragons finished the game with an efficient 59 percentage, compared to the Cobbers who were held to 33 percent shooting. Figini sank all eight of his free throws to lead the team’s 24-29 shooting from the charity stripe.

he Cobbers attempted to shoot their way out of their slump, finishing 3-20 from behind the arc. The Dragons made sure to make good on their three-pointers, knocking down 8-17 from deep with seven different players getting in on the long shots.

alik Wood (12), Tyler Vaughan (11) and Urbane Bingham (11) joined Figini in double figures.

he Dragons (3-0) finish their non-conference schedule at 7 p.m. tonight hosting Jamestown College at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

The Dragons open conference play at 6 p.m. on Saturday when they host Northern State in their opening game in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action.

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