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Dragons senior guard Songolo expected to miss at least four weeks with broken finger

MOORHEAD-No. 8-ranked Minnesota State Moorhead not only lost the game against top-ranked Augustana on Saturday, the Dragons also lost a starter for a month.Senior guard Ngijol Songolo is expected to miss at least four weeks with a broken finger o...

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Minnesota State Moorhead’s Ngijol Songolo is expected to miss at least four weeks with a broken finger on his shooting hand. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MOORHEAD-No. 8-ranked Minnesota State Moorhead not only lost the game against top-ranked Augustana on Saturday, the Dragons also lost a starter for a month.

Senior guard Ngijol Songolo is expected to miss at least four weeks with a broken finger on his shooting hand, MSUM head men's basketball coach Chad Walthall said Monday.

Walthall said Songolo injured the finger during the Augustana game Saturday night at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse and played through the injury.

"We all feel very bad for him," Walthall said. "He's had a great season. You couldn't ask much more from him."

The 6-foot-3 Songolo was averaging 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game through 27 games this season. In addition, Walthall said Songolo is the team's best perimeter defender.

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Junior forward Ayob Ayob with replace Songolo in the starting lineup, Walthall said, while senior guard Evan Holt and junior guard Arroyo Edwards will likely seen more playing time to offset Songolo's loss.

"It's an opportunity for other players to step forward," Walthall said.

The Dragons (23-4, 15-3 NSIC) have four more Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games in the regular season. The NSIC tournament starts on Feb. 24. Walthall said Songolo likely wouldn't be ready to return for the conference tournament.

If the Dragons earn a bid to the NCAA Division II tournament, the regionals are set to start on March 12.

"It's really hard to tell how fast it's going to heal," Walthall said.

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