Feb. 14, 2010

Courtesy of St. Cloud State

St. Cloud, Minn. - Behind a career night from senior captain Matt Schneck (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) the St. Cloud State men's basketball team put together its most complete game of the season in downing No. 4 nationally ranked Minnesota State University, Mankato 92-84 Saturday in Halenbeck Hall.

Schneck scored a career high 34 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to help head coach Kevin Schlagel earn the seventh 20-win season of his career and put the Huskies at 20-4 overall and 14-3 in the tough Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Schneck also made a team-high 14 field goals and dished out a career high five assists to lead all players in both categories.

With the win, the Huskies handed the Mavericks (22-2, 15-2 NSIC) its second loss of the season and won its 10th straight at home in front of 4,435 fans, while avenging an 88-76 loss to Minnesota State on the road earlier in the season.

After going to-to-toe for over 38 minutes, the Huskies put together an 8-0 run compliments of a six-point play from sophomore Brett Putz (Forest City, Iowa) on an intentional Minnesota State foul to put the game out of reach for the Mavericks.

St. Cloud State shot 52 percent from the field as junior Kyle Ortmann (Buffalo) and Putz both poured in 15 points on the night. Junior Andrew Bernstetter (St. Joseph) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points, while grabbing seven rebounds and blocking three shots on the night.

The Huskies held the Mavericks to just 11 percent from the three-point line after Minnesota State shot 47 percent from beyond the arc in the first meeting between both squads.

The Huskies will put its seven-game winning streak on the line next against the University of Minnesota, Crookston at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 20 at Halenbeck Hall.