Minnesota State University, Mankato will host the 2010 NCAA central region division II men's basketball tournament in the Taylor Center this weekend. The #1 seed Mavericks will take on the #8 seed Colorado School of Mines at 6 p.m. Saturday after Augustana faces New Mexico Highlands and Mesa State faces Winona State. St. Cloud State will take on Metro State later at 8:30 Saturday.
MSU (24-4, 17-3 conference) has never faced the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers (17-11, 14-5 conference). If the #8 nationally ranked Mavs pull out a win they will advance to play Sunday at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of the Saturday game between St. Cloud State and Metro State. If the Mavs win this game they will then advance to the championship game Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available at $5 for students, youth and seniors, $10 for adults and $15 for reserved seating. The Saturday and Sunday games are broken up into two ticketing sections. Fans need to buy two tickets each of these days and one for Tuesday if they expect to watch all championship games. Otherwise fans looking to watch just Maverick games will need to buy one ticket per game. The Taylor Center box office will be open 90 minutes prior to game play. Tickets and information are also available by clicking here or calling 507-389-6111.
Mav men's hockey will head to St. Cloud State for the first round of the WCHA playoffs this weekend. The best of three series will have faceoff times of 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday as well as Sunday if necessary. MSU finished eighth in the WCHA standings in the regular season deeming third-place SCSU the first-round foe. MSU finished 15-18-3 (9-17-2 conference) on the year as SCSU finished 20-11-5 (15-9-4 conference).
The series promises to be a close one as the Mavs clicked last weekend beating the Huskies 4-2 Friday at home and battling to a 2-2 tie Saturday in St. Cloud. The Mavs burst out of the gate Friday scoring 4 goals and out-shooting the Huskies 21-5 in the first period. Junior forward Rylan Galiardi scored the first two goals and assisted on the third goal of the game scored by junior defenseman Kurt Davis. Sophomore forward Mike Louwerse buried the fourth goal to end the scoring in the first and for the evening for the Mavs. Davis had two assists in addition to his goal to match Galiardi for a three-point night. The Huskies scored twice in the second period but couldn't catch up to the Mavs.
Galiardi and Davis both contributed again on Saturday night as Galiardi scored one of the goals and Davis added another assist. Rookie D-man Evan Mosey notched the other goal for his first career Maverick goal. The teams battled to a two-goal tie for the evening which was the necessary outcome for the Mavs to return to St. Cloud for the first round of the WCHA playoffs.
Freshman goaltender Phil Cook was solid in goal all weekend registering 27 saves Friday and 24 saves Saturday. Cook earned the Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week Award and Davis earned the Red Baron WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Award after the series.
In other MSU sports news, the baseball team stands 9-5 thus far in the 2010 season. The Mavs have been facing some rainy weather in Florida, however, that has been postponing play. MSU continues play Saturday against #7 Grand Valley State at 1 p.m. if the weather allows. MSU softball is continuing play in Kissimmee, Fla. but has also been rained out of recent games. The softball team has won the last two games and sits at 9-3 so far in the season.
The NCAA wrestling championships are also underway at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Seven MSU wrestlers competed today. Senior wrestlers Brady Wilson and Travis Elg won their first matches and will move on to the quarter finals. Click here for play-by-play action and stats.
MSU men's and women's swimming and diving wrap up the regular season in Eau Claire, Wis. for the UW-Eau Claire Diving Invitational slated for 10 a.m. Saturday.
The women's bowling team closes up the regular season in Smyma, Tenn. for the Music City Classic Friday through Sunday.
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