• Katie Ingerson

Beavers return in hopes of winning season

MSU junior Nibra White dribbles down court during a five-minute scrimmage in Late Night with Beaver Basketball last month.  Photo by Jerusalem Tukura

Minot State University’s men’s basketball began practices last month. After ending with a 14-15 record last season, the team has high hopes for this season. Head coach Matt Murken wants to see continued growth from the players, not only on the court, but academically, socially, and spiritually as well.

“We already have over 150 hours of community service in this year, which is pretty good for this early in the year,” Murken said. “Another goal of ours every year is to be above a 3.0 GPA as a team, so we will continue that. We always emphasize our five core values in our program to be a successful member of society and just continue to grow as a young man.”

Russ Davis, a senior guard, hopes to see the team staying competitive and pushing themselves in both practice and in games. He is also working on embracing his role as a leader on the team and trying to enjoy his last year of playing as a college athlete.

“I’m trying to be a better leader,” Davis said. “This is the first year I’ve been in that position of being an older guy and people are looking at me to help them out. I want to do what I can to contribute to us getting as many wins as possible, whether it be by shooting or playing good defense.”

There are more returning players to the team this year than coach Murken has seen since he’s been at Minot State. This is something that he is especially looking forward to.

“We have a lot of guys that have played on our team for two, three, or even four years. That’s always exciting because it gives us a chance to have some internal player leadership and be successful as a basketball team,” Murken said.

After seeing the large, loud crowd at their playoff game last year, the basketball team looks forward to having fellow MSU students and community members come out to support the team.

“I hope that we have good fans and crowds this year,” Davis said. “We’re definitely excited to play at home because we know the possibilities. We’re hoping that it [large crowds] happen more often this year.”

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