March 14, 2009

Courtesy of Southwest Minnesota State Athletics

MARSHALL, Minn. - No. 1 seed Southwest Minnesota State held No. 8 seed Northern State to a season-low 47 points on its way to a 69-47 rout of the Wolves in the quarterfinals of the Central Region Tournament Saturday night in Marshall.

SMSU, ranked No. 12 nationally, improves to 26-6, while NSU finishes its season with a 19-11 record.

"I’m very proud of our guys’ effort, I thought they competed at a very high level," said SMSU head coach Greg Stemen.  "Northern is a team that we have a great deal of respect for.  We believe we have to play a certain way in order to be successful, even more against a team like Northern State.  I’m very proud of our guys; I thought they brought great energy.  We shot the ball better tonight than we had previously against Northern."

Ross DeMasi sparked the Mustang offense, netting a game-high 15 points in the victory.  Kevin Andrews also added 14 points, while Scott Roehl also clipped double figures with 13 points.  Roehl also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

"Just this type of game, in warm-ups we try to emphasize getting our communication up and our intensity," said SMSU forward Kevin Andrews.  "Coming out of the locker room we had a lot of intensity and we got a great start.  Our points in the beginning came from the defensive end."

Mitch Boek's 11 points led the Wolves.  Bojan Todorovic posted a double-double for NSU, scoring 10 points and snagging 11 rebounds.

"It was men against boys, we were never in the game," said NSU head coach Don Meyer.  "They played great.  Southwest outplayed us in every phase of the game."
The Mustangs never trailed in the contest, building as much as a 29-point lead in the second half.  A 15-point deficit was the closest NSU got in the second half.

NSU scored just eight points in the first 15 minutes of the game.

SMSU shot 43.6 percent from the field on 24 of 55 shooting.

The Mustangs will play the winner of tonight's Minnesota State-Fort Lewis game tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.