Mavericks down Golden Bears during Malik Willingham’s Career Night – Minnesota State University > Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn. — The state of Minnesota opened NSIC action in fine form Tuesday night at the Taylor Center as the Mavericks Concordia-St. Paul 96-78.

With the win, the Mavericks improve to 6-0 in the season, including a 1-0 NSIC record. With the defeat, the Golden Bears fall back to 1:4, including a 0:1 conference record.

In the first five minutes, the Goldbären increased their lead by 16:8 by eight points. The Mavericks would slash CSP’s lead over the next seven minutes before a jump shot from Senior Trevor Moore The tie was 25-25 with 8:17 to go at half time.

The lead changed hands three times in the final eight minutes of the half as the Mavericks went into halftime with a 40-37 lead.

Junior Malik Willingham led all first-half scorers with 18 points as he scored with 4 of 6 shots from downtown. Senior Kelby Kramer added six points and five rebounds. As a unit, MSU shot 45.5% from the field in the first half.

Jacob Everson led the Golden Bears with 11 points in the first half, while Antwan Kimmons had 10 points, five assists and five steals.

The Maverick lead stayed within 10 points through the first 8:59 of the second half before a jumper came off Malik Willingham Put MSU at 11 to 65-54. MSU extended a 19-point lead at 86-76 with 4:21 left and didn’t look back as they finished the game in a 96-78 win.

Malik Willingham ended his night with a career-high 41 points as he hit with 8 of 11 shots from downtown. He is the first Maverick to score at least 40 points in a game since Cameron Kirksey scored 43 points against MSU Moorhead on February 1, 2019. Willingham also grabbed five rebounds and gave up four assists.

second grader Harrison Bradis and Tyrell Stutley Each also scored 11 points while older Kelby Kramer scored eight rebounds. As a team, MSU shot 50.8% from the field, including a 12-of-24 display from three-point range. The Mavericks also overtook the Golden Bears 37-28.

CSP was led by Kimmons, who had 34 points, six assists and six steals. Everson also had 13 points and five rebounds. As a team, CSP shot 49.1% from the field, including a 12-of-29 display from three-point range.

The state of Minnesota continues its homestand Saturday, taking on Bethany Lutheran College. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the Taylor Center.