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Eric Peterson, Published November 16 2012

Dragons men power past Minnesota-Morris

MOORHEAD – Friday night at Alex Nemzek Fiedhouse was the home opener for the Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball team – a good time to get to know your Dragons.

New faces Anthony Tucker and Taylor Filipek scored 17 points each to help spark MSUM to an 88-58 victory against Minnesota-Morris in nonconference action.

The Dragons (3-0) have three players on their roster who haven’t played any minutes with the team prior to the start of this season.

“Every minute that they get out there is good for us because we’ve just got a lot of guys who have not played a lot of minutes for the Dragons,” MSUM head coach Chad Walthall said.

Tucker practiced with the team last season, but had to sit out the year because he transferred from Winona State, which is in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference along with MSUM. Tucker started his career in the Big Ten, playing for the University of Iowa.

Filipek, who is from Willmar, Minn., transferred from NCAA Division I Eastern Kentucky.

Senior Alex Novak is one of the three players on the roster who played any minutes for the Dragons prior to this season. Novak had 16 points, on 8 of 9 shooting, and seven rebounds against Morris.

A 6-foot-4 senior guard, Tucker shot 55 percent

(6 of 11) from the floor against the Cougars. A 6-6 junior forward, Filipek grabbed seven rebounds to go along with his game-high point total.

“That’s definitely what we need this year,” Novak said. “We lost a lot of players last year and they fill a lot of gaps.”

The Dragons never trailed against Morris, getting off to a stellar start. MSUM scored 17 of the game’s first 19 points. Sophomore guard Jordan Riewer scored five points during that early flurry. Riewer’s 3-pointer gave MSUM a 17-2 lead with 14 minutes, 55 seconds to play in the first quarter. Tucker helped the Dragons build a 47-27 halftime lead.

Tucker scored 15 points in the first 20 minutes on 6 of 8 shooting from the floor.

“I think this is a team that has a chance to get better as the season progresses,” Walthall said. “Even some of the veterans, they just haven’t played with us.”

MORRIS (0-2): Dean 2-5 0-0 4, Pendelton 2-5 0-0 4, Birman 5-10 1-1 13, Reller 2-6 4-4 8, Foss 2-6 0-0 5, Burns 1-4 2-2 5, Orazem 2-9 1-2 5, Hoidal 1-2 5-5 7, Jansen 1-5 0-0 2, Gieske 0-4 4-6 4, Roggenbuck 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-58 17-20 58.

MSUM (3-0): Tucker 6-11 3-3 17, Riewer 3-6 0-0 7, Vaughan 3-8 0-0 7, Novak 8-9 0-2 16, Filipek 8-13 1-1 17, Akason 1-1 0-0 2, Holt 0-5 0-0 0, Wohler 3-4 0-0 6, Reinke 2-3 1-1 5, Jorgenson 0-0 0-0 0, Figini 4-6 0-0 8, Olson 1-3 1-2 3, Sevlie 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 39-69 6-11 88.

Half: MSUM 47, UMM 27. 3-point goals: UMM 5-18 (Pendelton 0-1, Birman 2-4, Foss 1-3, Burns 1-3, Orazem 0-4, Hoidal 0-1, Jansen 1-2), MSUM 4-22 (Tucker 2-6, Riewer 1-3, Vaughan 1-5, Filipek 0-2, Holt 0-4, Wohler 0-1, Reinke 0-1). Total fouls: UMM 14, MSUM 12. Rebounds: UMM 27 (Hoidal 7), MSUM 48 (Olson 8). Assists: UMM 6 (Dean 2), MSUM 16 (three players 3). Steals: UMM 3 (Orazem 2), MSUM 4 (Riewer 2). Turnovers: UMM 8 (Dean 2), MSUM 6 (Tucker 2, Vaughan 2).

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