The Golden Eagles were led on the night by 13 points from junior guard Ashton Harrell (Houston, Texas).
The Golden Eagles' season came to an end Wednesday as Minnesota State won 86-60 in Mankato in the first round of the NSIC Tournament. UMC ends the season with a 4-23 (1-21 NSIC) mark with Wednesday’s loss. The Mavericks, ranked No. 7 nationally and the top seed in the NSIC South, moves to 23-4 on the year and will play fourth-seed MSU Moorhead in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles were led on the night by 13 points from junior guard Ashton Harrell (Houston, Texas). Senior forward Broderick Schmidt (Marion, S.D.), the only four-year senior for the Golden Eagles, ended his career in strong fashion with eight points and eight rebounds. Senior point guard Almir Krdzalic (Sioux Falls, S.D.), senior guard Justin Rake (Petal, Miss.) and freshman guard Joseph Moorer (Los Angeles, Calif.) each had seven points on the game. The Golden Eagles finished the game shooting 23-of-63 for 36.5 percent and were 5-of-17 for 29.4 percent from beyond the arch.
The Mavericks out-rebounded the Golden Eagles 39-32. Connor O’Brien led Minnesota State with ten boards while Schmidt led the way with eight rebounds for UMC.
Zach Monaghan led Minnesota State with 18 points, including four three pointers for the game. Jimmy Whitehead came off the bench for 16 points for the Mavericks while Jarvis Williams chipped in ten points. Assem Marei and Jaymeson Moten each had nine for Minnesota State. Moten’s nine came on all threes. The Mavericks were 28-of-55 for 50.9 percent from the field and 10-of-18 from beyond the arch.
The loss marks the end of the careers for four UMC seniors: Krdzalic, Abdou Niang Rake and Schmidt.