Friday, November 19, 2010

MBB: Minnesota State 61, Dominican 54

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. — The Dominican University of California men’s basketball team opened the 2010–2011 season with a 61-54 non-conference loss to Minnesota State, Mankato on Friday night in the first game of the 10th Annual Ron Logsdon Basketball Classic hosted by Sonoma State.

Sophomore center Killian Larson scored the first points of the season at the free throw line to give Dominican the early 2-0 lead. The two teams exchanged the lead throughout the first half, with the Penguins taking a six-point lead at 8:52 on another pair of Larson free throws. The lead would give way to Minnesota State though. Mitch Grundman’s dunk at 4:29 tied the game at 19-19 and back-to-back three pointers by Stephen Kirschbaum sent the Penguins into the locker room trailing 25-20 at halftime.

The start of the second half was marked by Jefferson Mason’s dunk that saw the Mavericks take the seven-point advantage. Dominican would pull within a point but turnovers resulted in 10 second-half points for the Mavericks. Dominican was also outrebounded 37-24 for the night.

Senior guard Adam Chavis led all players with 16 points despite playing just five minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. Larson added 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting at the free throw line. Freshman point guard Myles Carrillo scored eight points on 4-for-5 shooting and added three assists and a pair of steals in his first collegiate start.

The Mavericks were led by Mason’s 13 points. The senior guard also led all players with eight rebounds. Kirschbaum and Marcus Hill each added 10 points apiece in the Mavericks’ first game of the season.

"We're still missing some key pieces due to injury [including last season's Pacific West Conference Freshman of the Year and leading scorer Austin Bryan]," said Dominican Head Coach Bret Tovani. "We learned some things about ourselves tonight that we can improve upon. We need to take it game by game right now and focus on tomorrow night."

Dominican faces host Sonoma State on Saturday night in the second and final night of the 10th Annual Ron Logsdon Basketball Classic. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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