The Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball enters this weekend having lost six of their last eight games, including back-to-back losses at Upper Iowa and Winona State last weekend.
“It’s the toughest part of our schedule combined with not playing our best basketball,” Dragons head coach Chad Walthall said of the recent stretch of losses. “We’re really at a point now of no return. We can go one way or the other. I really think this team is ready for this weekend. They are not satisfied.”
The Dragons (15-7, 9-7 NSIC) are tied for seventh place in the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. They host Augustana at 8 p.m. Friday and Wayne State at 6 p.m. Saturday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.
“We’re not 7-15 so you have to look at it that way,” said Walthall, who pointed out his team had two overtime losses in that 2-6 stretch. “We had some deficiencies. … I do think we are not far away.”
Walthall said senior center Eric Olson will be inserted into the starting lineup this weekend to team with fellow senior forward Alex Novak on the front line.
“We are trying to do some new wrinkles,” Walthall said. “Eric is a senior and he has been playing well. Eric has been playing starter’s minutes anyways.”
Olson has been averaging 5.5 points and 5.7 rebounds off the bench this season, averaging 20.5 minutes per game.
“We’ve got to play well down the stretch and get hot for the (NSIC) tournament,” Walthall said. “To do anything we’ve got to win at home. We have to be playing better.”