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Men's Basketball Posts a Win and Loss

02/04/2013 - 12:00 PM

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The St. Cloud State men’s basketball team had mixed results this weekend. On Friday, the Huskies defeated Wayne State 70-66 with Damarius Cruz, Theo Rothstein and Shaun Jensen all scoring in double figures. Freshman Jordan Poydras also recorded eight points and three assists while notching 23 minutes of heavy playing time.

The Huskies led by as much as eleven points in the first half, however, Wayne State would fight back to take the lead in the second. That’s when Damarius Cruz got hot and led a Husky run to go back up by eleven making the score 58-47 with just under seven minutes to play in the contest.

The game eventually found both teams tied at 66 with under a minute to go. Cruz hit the go ahead three while Rothstein added a free throw to put the huskies up 70-66. Rothstein has failed to score double-digit points in only one game this season.

Saturday, the last contest of a four game road trip, would put the Huskies against the Vikings of Augustana who entered the matchup with a record of 15-4 (11-4 in the NSIC). St. Cloud State again found themselves up at halftime, this time by two points. A scoreless five minutes to enter the second half would derail the Huskies hopes of winning as Augustana took the lead. By the time the Huskies were able to respond they were down by eight, 51-43.

Unable to slow down Augustana's Cameron McCafferry, who had 24 points and 7 assists, was not the only problem hampering the Huskies on the road. They were also out rebounded 42-15, notching just one offensive board all game against the Vikings.

Theo Rothstein finished with 15 points in the game putting him at 1,005 for his career, a landmark only 34 other Husky players have reached. He’ll look to add to that total as the Huskies take on Winona State at home on Friday with tipoff at 8pm. They then face Upper Iowa Saturday at home as well at 6pm.

The Huskies stay atop the NSIC North standings and will settle into third overall in the NSIC as they now boast a 16-4 record 12-4 in the NSIC. They have a four game home stand followed by away games at the University of Minnesota Crookston and Bemidji State coming up. The Huskies are looking to get back on track before heading into the postseason in later this month.