ABERDEEN, S.D — A big second half helped Minnesota State University Moorhead overcome a halftime deficit and upset No. 2-ranked Northern State 93-86 on Saturday.
It was Northern State's first loss of the season and stopped the Wolves' 25-game winning streak. With the win over the Wolves (15-1 overall, 13-1 NSIC), the Dragons wrapped the regular season 9-3 overall and 9-1 in the league.
The Dragons will be the NSIC North's No. 2 seed when the NSIC tournament begins Feb. 25 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
MSUM started the game strong, outscoring the Wolves 17-6 in the first five minutes. Northern State rebounded and led 41-37 at halftime.
Northern State held the lead in the opening minutes of the second half and was up 61-58 with 12:36 left. But the Dragons took control at that point. Gavin Baumgarter, Jacob Beeninga and Gabe Myren combined for 14 points in a 16-0 run that put the Dragons up 74-61 with 8:34 to play.
Northern whittled the lead to four, 87-83, with 1:18 to play, but Bryce Irsfeld and Baumgartner both hit a pair of foul shots in the final 33 seconds to seal the deal.
Kueth Gatdoar led the Dragons with 25 points and he had nine rebounds, Irsfeld scored 17, Baumgartner had 14 and Dane Zimmer had 13.