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MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead was looking to earn its first conference two-game weekend sweep this season, but University of Sioux Falls guard Trevon Evans had other ideas.

Evans sank a 3-pointer with 1 second remaining to lift the Cougars to a 70-67 victory against MSUM on Saturday night in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men's basketball at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse before 983 fans.

"I thought we played hard to do it," Dragons head coach Chad Walthall said of getting a weekend sweep. "Down the stretch, we just couldn't make the big shots."

The Dragons (6-16, 4-12 NSIC) scored an 85-78 victory against Southwest Minnesota State on Friday, but couldn't back that up with a victory against the Cougars.

The Dragons took a 59-53 lead with 9 minutes, 59 seconds remaining after senior guard Tanner Kretchman drained a 3-pointer from the left wing. Kretchman finished with a team-high 23 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field.

The Cougars later countered with a run of even consecutive points. Sophomore center Devin Green capped that surge with a 15-foot jumper that gave USF a 65-62 edge with 3:11 to play. Dragons forward Addison Park answered with a 3-point play that tied the game at 67-67 with 1:51 to play.

The team's exchanged turnovers in the final minute before the Cougars held for the final shot, and the 6-foot Evans delivered with a pull-up 3-pointer from the right wing.

"We couldn't score. The last seven, eight minutes we just couldn't score. We missed layups, opens 3s. The effort was there," Walthall said. "It was disappointing because I thought our guys gave effort. Both teams were really tired. It was not a well-played game."

Dragons guard Travaun Coad finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The 6-foot-1 junior also added steal that led to a two-handed slam dunk with 2:25 remaining.

"We're right in the mix now, I feel we can compete with anybody," Walthall said. "But in those type of games you've got to make some big plays down the stretch. We just never made that one big shot to put us over the hump."

USF (14-8, 9-7 NSIC): Evans 10-22 4-4 29, Pal 1-2 0-0 2, Maschoff 2-5 2-2 7, Guebert 4-13 3-3 12, Rothermund 4-8 0-0 10, Wessels 1-3 0-0 2, Taylor 1-4 0-0 2, Teichmeier 0-1 0-0 0, Slater 0-3 0-0 0, Green 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 26-65 9-9 70.

MSUM (6-16, 4-12): Beeninga 3-11 0-0 6, Kretchman 8-14 2-2 23, Coad 6-9 5-6 17, Anderson 1-3 1-2 3, Park 5-11 1-1 11, Bussman 2-6 2-2 7, Johnson 0-4 0-0 0, Sevlie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-58 11-13 67.

Half: USF 34, MSUM 30. 3-point goals: USF 9-30 (Evans 5-12, Maschoff 1-4, Guebert 1-6, Rothermund 2-6, Teichmeier 0-1, Slater 0-1), MSUM 6-21 (Beeninga 0-3, Kretchman 5-8, Coad 0-2, Anderson 0-1, Park 0-1, Bussman 1-4, Johnson 0-2). Total fouls: USF 14, MSUM 8. Rebounds: USF 38 (Evans 10), MSUM 34 (Coad 10). Assists: USF 14 (Evans 5), MSUM 3 (Kretchman 2). Steals: USF 4 (Rothermund 2), MSUM 3 (three players with 1). Turnovers: USF 7 (Green 3), MSUM 7 (Park 2). A-983.

Eric Peterson
Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.

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