BISMARK, N.D. — A special regular season for No. 19 University of Mary concluded with a 75-47 home win against Northern State on Saturday. The victory marked the 15th consecutive win for the Marauders, who now prepare to host a Northern Sun Tournament first-round game on Tuesday, March 2.
Ranked third in the NCAA Central Region, the Marauders concluded the regular season with a 22-4 record and 18-4 mark in the Northern Sun. The Wolves end their season 12-14 and 8-14.
Damon Smith had a solid game for the Marauders, scoring a career-high 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. In a low-scoring first half, Smith scored 15 of U-Mary’s 27 first half points. It was his second consecutive game reaching double figures in rebounds after pulling down 11 boards at St. Cloud State and the junior center hit 7 of 9 shots from the field and all three free throws.
Jordan Wilhelm knocked down five treys and also scored 17 points. The senior guard went 5 of 8 behind the arc and pulled down eight rebounds.
The NSIC’s leading scorer and reigning player of the week, Anthony Moody scored 12 points, grabbed seven boards, dropped five assists and made three steals. Eric Erdmann, the fourth leading scorer in school history, dominated on the defensive end as the senior forward blocked five shots, had nine rebounds and added two steals. Offensively he contributed 13 points and four assists.
Trailing 13-4, the Marauders gained the lead on a 14-0 run. Moody, Erdmann and Wilhelm hit 3-pointers and Smith converted a three-point play and a layup to give U-Mary the lead.
Even at 20-20 late in the first half, the Marauders would then blew by the Wolves behind a 42-12 run. U-Mary eventually led by as many as 32 points.
With Northern State scoring the second-fewest points allowed by the Marauders this season, U-Mary held NSU to 34 percent shooting and held a 47-33 advantage on the boards. U-Mary hit 11 treys to five for Northern State and shot 42.6 per cent from the floor.
The 22 wins for U-Mary is the most since winning 23 games in 1986-87.