University of Mary Athletics

BISMARK, N.D. -- Behind an early barrage of 3-pointers from Anthony Moody and Jordan Wilhelm, the University of Mary grabbed the early lead and rolled to an 84-69 victory over No. 10 Minnesota State. Moody hit eight treys and scored 31 points and Wilhelm added five 3-pointers and 17 points as the Marauders earned their first win over the Mavericks in five tries.
The victory is the fifth consecutive for U-Mary and the seventh in eight games.

Trailing 10-9, Moody buried back to back 3-pointers and Wilhelm followed with another to push the Marauders ahead 18-10. U-Mary never relinquished the lead before a jam-packed home crowd.

After MSU (13-2, 9-2 NSIC) cut the double-digit deficit down to eight points, U-Mary (12-4 overall, 8-4 NSIC) fired off an 11-1 run. Moody again hit back-to-back 3s before Cameron Hodges hit a free throw for MSU. Wilhelm would counter with a 3-pointer and Moody slashed through the lane for a layup. Leading 40-23 with just under four minutes remaining in the first half, the Marauders maintained a double-figure lead the rest of the game.

Moody scored 24 of his 31 points and made seven of his eight treys in the first half as U-Mary entered intermission leading 48-16. Moody made 8 of 13 3-point attempts and hit 11 of 18 from the field. The NSIC's leading scorer also added five assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Wilhelm finished 5 of 8 behind the arc on his way to 17 points. The senior guard had five boards and three assists.

Eric Erdmann recorded a double double for U-Mary. The senior forward had 14 points and snared 10 rebounds while adding three assists.

Also in the U-Mary scoring column was Damon Smith with eight points and Baley Johnson and Jalen Jaspers had seven each off the bench.

Jefferson Mason had a double double for MSU, recording 13 points and ten boards. Cameron Hodges and Marcus Hill also had 13 points each.

U-Mary shot 51.7 per cent from the field and 56 percent behind the arc, making 14 of 25 3-point attempts. MSU made 46.2 percent of its shots. The Marauders held a 13-4 point advantage in points off turnovers, committing just six turnovers to 11 for the Mavericks.

The win over the 10th-ranked Mavericks marks the second-highest ranked team the Marauders have defeated since moving to NCAA Division II in 2006. U-Mary knocked off No. 8 St. Cloud State in Dec. 2007.