Career-High from Park Leads Dragon Men Past Beavers, 93-78

MINOT, N.D. (MSUM Athletics) -- A career-high 30 points from senior forward Addison Park led the Minnesota State University Moorhead men's basketball team to a 93-78 win over Minot State University in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action on Friday night.

MSUM improves to 19-10 overall and 13-8 in the NSIC while Minot State falls to 14-16 overall and 9-12 in the NSIC.

Park was 12-of-18 from the field and 4-of-5 from the three-point line in his 26 minutes of action. Senior guard Travaun Coad had 17 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Freshman guard Siman Sem recorded 13 points and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Gavin Baumgartner led the team with five assists.

MSUM shot 57.4 percent (35-of-61) from the field compared to 50.0 percent (32-of-64) for Minot State. The Dragons outrebounded the Beavers 34-28.

A three pointer from Coad gave MSUM a 5-2 lead with 18:34 to go in the half. Back-to-back three pointers for Minot State found the Dragons trailing 12-9 with 15:24 on the clock. Park would score the next nine Dragonspoints to give MSUM the 28-23 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Dragons would force a turnover with 3:39 to go as Coad dropped in a layup to bring the lead to 37-32. A layup from Baumgartner would give his team the 44-35 lead with :35 remaining, and a late three-pointer for Minot State brought the score to 43-38 going into the break.

The Dragons opened the second half with a layup from Sem to go up 45-38 early. MSUM continued to control the second half as a three-pointer from Park brought the lead to 57-47 with 14:52 remaining. Freshman guard Bryce Irsfeld nailed two free-throws and a three-pointer less than one minute later to bring MSUM's lead to 64-52 with 12:17 on the clock. With 5:27 to go, Baumgartner recorded a steal and Park put away a layup as the Dragons would go up 81-68. Coad would score six-points down the stretch as the Dragons would earn a 93-78 road win.

The Dragons wrap up the regular-season on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as they face University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.