ST. PAUL, Minn. (MSUM Athletics) -- The Minnesota State University Moorhead men's basketball team defeated Concordia-St. Paul in Saturday night Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action by a score of 102-90 in part to a career-high 26 points from freshman guard Bryce Irsfeld.
MSUM improves to 16-8 overall and 10-6 in the NSIC while CSP falls to 8-14 overall and 3-13 in the NSIC.
Irsfeld's 26 points led the team while five additional players scored in double-digits. Senior guard Travaun Coad had 19 points and a team-best seven rebounds. Senior forward Addison Park and freshman guard Gavin Baumgartner each had 13 points, while freshman guard Siman Sem and junior guard Johnny Beeninga each contributed 11 points. Baumgartner led the team with seven assists.
MSUM shot 57.8 percent (37-of-64) from the field compared to 50.8 percent (33-of-65) from CSP. Each team recorded 29 rebounds.
The Dragons took a 5-4 lead early in the first half off a three-pointer from Baumgartner. Sem had a steal and followed it up with a layup to give MSUM a 13-12 edge with 13:31 remaining. The Golden Bears would fight back, but a jumper from Park tied the game 17-17 with 12:33 on the clock. Irsfeld sunk a three to bring MSUM's lead to 20-17 with just over ten minutes remaining. Coad gave the Dragons a 28-23 lead after sinking a three with 7:30 remaining. Less than one minute later, Coad recorded a steal and dunk to give MSUM their largest lead yet at 32-25. With 4:56 remaining, Irsfeld hit another three-pointer to stretch the lead to 38-27. With :21 remaining, Irseld hit his fourth three of the half to give MSUM at 51-38 lead that they would carry into the break.
Irsfeld had 12 points in the first half, while Park contributed eight points. Coad led the team with five rebounds and Baumgartner had five assists.
In the second half, Coad brought the Dragons lead to 53-40 after a layup with 17:38. Baumgartner hit a three-pointer less than a minute later to bring the lead to 56-42. Irsfeld hit another three with 11:58 on the clock to give MSUM a 69-61 edge. CSP managed to cut the lead before a jumper from Sem gave MSUM a 78-69 lead with just over eight minutes remaining. Another three-pointer from Irsfeld brought the Dragon lead to 84-75 with 4:29 on the clock. Irsfeld reached a career-high 24 points as he sunk two free-throws with 2:24 remaining to give MSUM a 92-80 lead. Late free-throws would give MSUM a 102-90 win on the road.
MSUM returns home next week as they face Southwest Minnesota State University on Friday Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) on Saturday Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m.