Wood Could See First Playing Time With Dragons On Friday Vs. Rival Cobbers

Minnesota State Moorhead point guard Malik Wood started to practice again earlier this week, head men’s basketball coach Chad Walthall said.

Wood, who is in his first season with the Dragons, had been sidelined with a high ankle sprain. The 5-foot-9 could see his first action with MSUM on Friday when the Dragons host rival Concordia at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

“He should be ready to play a little bit on Friday,” Walthall said. “He’s a high energy guy. He is very athletic and very quick.”

Another newcomer, junior forward Urbane Bingham, has led the Dragons in scoring through two games. The 6-foot-8 Bingham is averaging 15.0 points per game in a reserve role.

“He is a big, strong guy,” Walthall said. “He is pretty skilled. He can shoot it. He can post it.”

Friday marks the 183rd meeting between the teams. MSUM has a 101-81 edge in the series against the Cobbers. The Dragons earned a 70-57 victory against Concordia last season.

“It’s our deepest team at this point,” Walthall said. “Whether we’re able to remain deep into conference play is another story.”