News HighlightsPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/news/read/?id=old-1301323400&paper=topstories
Maverick men's basketball falls in semifinals
One of four best teams
Maverick men's basketball team: One of nation's top four.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Intercollegiate Athletics news release [3/24/2011]
Springfield, Mass. -- The Minnesota State Mankato men’s basketball team’s first-ever run to the NCAA D-2 Final Four ended March 24 as the eighth-ranked Mavericks lost 81-74 to eventual champion Bellarmine in the national semifinals.
The loss wasn’t without a fight however, as the Maverick senior class – a group that won 101 of the 127 games in which they played – finished with 69 of the team’s 74 points. Senior guards Jefferson Mason and Cameron Hodges led the way with 24 points apiece. The 24 points by Hodges established a new career-high, while the 24 points by Mason was coupled with 14 rebounds as he finished with his 11th double-double of the year and the 23rd of his career.
“I couldn’t be more proud of a group of young men,” said head coach Matt Margenthaler, whose squad finished with 28 wins on the year, tying a school record. “From where we started in the beginning of the year to now is unbelievable. I can’t say enough about the guys in that locker room.”
The Mavericks finished the season with a 28-5 record. Senior wing Jefferson Mason was named to the 2011 NCAA Division II Elite Eight All-Tournament team.
For the complete Intercollegiate Athletics news release and game statistics, click on http://www.msumavericks.com/news/2011/3/24/MBB_0324115814.aspx?path=mbball.