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Eric Peterson, Published December 08 2010

Peterson: Erdmann tearing up the NSIC at Mary

Eric Erdmann is healthier and that isn’t a good thing for the rest of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The former Fargo North standout is coming off one of his best NSIC men’s basketball weekends with the University of Mary. Erdmann scored 25 points in an overtime win against

St. Cloud State on Friday and followed that with a season-high 28 points in a loss against Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday. That effort earned him league player of the week honors.

“You can just tell he is a senior out there,” Marauders head coach Randall Herbst said. “He has a lot of confidence in his game. He’s a tough matchup.”

Erdmann is two years removed from a medical redshirt season in which he played two games because of plantar fasciitis and a bad shoulder. While he rebounded with a strong campaign last winter (16.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game), helping the Marauders to an unexpected rise to the top half of the NSIC, he feels even stronger this year.

This past offseason he was able to work on improving his game instead of rehabbing injuries like he had to in the previous offseason.

“This is healthiest I’ve felt since my freshman year,” said Erdmann, who is averaging 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game through six contests. “No aches and pains with my shoulder and my feet. Last year, I had a problem with my Achilles so that kept me out of practices, too. ... This year, I was able to take the whole offseason to get better and I did.”

Herbst said the 6-foot-5 Erdmann is hard to guard because of his versatility. Put a taller defender on Erdmann and he can take his game to the perimeter and hit shots. Put a smaller and quicker defender on Erdmann and he can score in the paint.

“He is so skilled,” Herbst said.

Erdmann ranks No. 8 on Mary’s all-time scoring list with 1,294 points in 91 career games. He has helped the program turn the corner over his five years. In his first three years with the team, the Marauders won nine, eight and seven games. Last season, Mary won 15 games and finished fifth in the NSIC.

The Marauders (5-1, 1-1 NSIC) are halfway to double digits win through six games this season.

“Right now our program is on the way up,” Erdmann said. “We’ve got a lot of confidence right now. You always want to be part of that group that turns the program around.”

Herbst feels Erdmann has fed off the team success.

“I think the expectations that have been placed on the program have added a little jump in our step and he’s got it,” Herbst said.

Erdmann said the togetherness of this group has also helped him flourish this season. The Marauders return seven players from last season, including six seniors.

“We know the system and how to play with each other. Right now it’s team chemistry,” Erdmann said. “We know when people are going to cut and how people are going to get open.”

Erdmann along with lightning-quick senior point guard Anthony Moody has given the Marauders a potent 1-2 scoring punch. The NSIC newcomer of the year last season, Moody leads the team with 18.5 points per game.

“It doesn’t hurt him any that we have Anthony Moody,” Herbst said. “You can’t stop them both. Pick your poison.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com