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Weekend Sweep for Huskies Hoops at Home

02/04/2019 - 4:30 PM

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Weekend Sweep for Huskies Hoops at Home
Photo - SCSU Athletics

By Sam Goetzinger / @sam_goetzinger / kvsc.org/sports

The Huskies had a historic night for SCSU men’s hoops against Upper Iowa University, picking up a win in game one of the weekend 92-74. Led by the newest member of the 1,000-point club, Brindley Theisen led the way with 26 points while shooting an impressive 8-11 from downtown. Not far behind him was St. Cloud States all-time leading scorer Gage Davis who put up 24 points and 9 rebounds in his own right.

 

SCSU tried to build on that momentum in Friday’s night game against a struggling Peacock squad into Saturday’s matinee against the streaking Winona State Warriors. Coming into the game WSU knocked off an impressive UMD Bulldog team on Friday night by a score of 65-53. That win for the Warriors marked their 4th consecutive win, the Huskies wanted to snap the win-streak of Winona and pick up a home weekend sweep and they would do just that.

 

The Huskies came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, but the Warriors kept it close all throughout the first half making no lead detrimental in the first 20 minutes. After many back and forth possessions by both teams, WSU managed to gain a 2 point lead going under 1 minute left to play into the first half. But the Senior Gage Davis wasn’t going to let SCSU go into the half trailing. So as time expired in the first, Davis marched the length of the court and drilled a step-back jumper to tie things up at 34-34. Entering the intermission, Davis led all scorers with 14 points shooting 6-9 (67%) from the field. Brindley Theisen tacked on 8 points draining a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the first half. Junior Guard Caleb Wagner led the charge for the Warriors with 10 points. Kevion Taylor had a slow start in the beginning but came alive in the final couple minutes of play to notch 9 points for WSU.

Coming out of the break St. Cloud State flourished to 51-41 lead at the 15-minute mark. Over the 5 minutes the Warriors sprung back to get within 2 points thanks to combined efforts of Taylor and Wagner for WSU. After a media timeout, it was the Huskies ball-game the rest of the way. Theisen showed out in the second half throwing up 5 more three-pointers. Winona’s leading scorer Wagner got caught into foul trouble late in the second. From there SCSU didn’t let up going on long scoring runs throughout the remainder of the game. St. Cloud State runs away with it in the end and snaps the Winona win streak and achieves the sweep by a final score of 85-70.

Just like Friday night, Gage Davis and Brindley Theisen paced The Huskies combining for 56 points in the win. Davis led the all scorers with 31 points also adding 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Theisen shot his way to 25 points as well, knocking down 7-9 from beyond the arch. With Saturday’s performance, Theisen has knocked down 15 of his last 20 three balls. While those two were putting up big numbers, Sean Smith was history hunting throughout the game. Coming into the game Smith needed 8 blocks to become the all-time leader in block shots throughout a career in program history. Smith came close swatting 6 Warrior shots away, but foul trouble made him stand down late in the second half. Along with 6 blocks, Smith added 7 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. WSU’s Kevion Taylor had a team-leading 20 points shooting 8-18 from the field. Close to him was Caleb Wagner with 18 points in his own right, but foul trouble made him sit in crucial points of the ballgame.

 

Coming up next for SCSU, they travel south to Wayne State in Nebraska on Friday (2/8). The Wildcats hold an impressive 17-5 overall record and are 12-4 in NSIC play which puts them atop the Southern Division standings. The next night, The Huskies go to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to face Augustana. The Vikings are 13-9 overall and 9-7 in Northern Sun action and hold the fourth spot of the NSIC South Division. Tip-offs are set for 7:30 on Friday night and 5:30 on Saturday Night. St. Cloud State goes into next week with a 16-6 record and an 11-5 record in conference play and are now in the second spot of the NSIC North.

 

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