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.”
Minnesota State Moorhead quarterbacks Demetrius Carr, left, and Jake Hodge
Minnesota State Moorhead starting quarterback Demetrius Carr has had his freshman season cut short.
Carr is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his left foot. He is set to have surgery on Friday.
“It was pretty tough for me,” Carr said. “This will be the first season for me that I have missed since I started playing football.”
A true freshman, Carr passed for 369 yards in his college debut last Saturday at Augustana.
“It is especially tough on him,” Dragons head coach Steve Laqua said. “He had his hopes set high on what he could do in the coming weeks.”
Carr will likely be able to receive a medical redshirt and have four years of eligibility remaining, Laqua said.
The Dragons have their home opener at 1 p.m. Saturday against Southwest Minnesota State at Alex Nemzek Stadium. Sophomore quarterback Jake Hodge will start in place of Carr.
Laqua said he also expects sophomore running back Zayne Medhaug to miss at least a month with a knee injury.
Cobbers junior wide receiver Brandon Zylstra (6) had a big opener
Two transfer players had big debuts for the Concordia football team, which earned 39-14 victory against the University of Jamestown last Saturday at Jake Christiansen Stadium.
Wide receiver Brandon Zylstra and defensive lineman Nate Adams are both former Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference players who are now with the Cobbers. Zylstra played at Augustana and Adams played at Bemidji State.
“Those are two types of guys that you need to get to another level,” Cobbers head coach Terry Horan said of the two Division II transfers.
Zylstra had five catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns against the Jimmies. Adams had five tackles, including one for a loss.
Odds and ends
Domenic Fraboni was moved to the offensive line right before the season-opener against Jamestown. Fraboni spent most of fall camp at fullback. … Senior running back Zach Southwick didn’t play in the season opener with a lower leg injury. Southwick is expected to be a game-time decision for next Saturday’s game at Buena Vista. … Cobbers junior quarterback Griffin Neal had an impressive opener, completing 16 of 19 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. Neal, former Fargo South standout, was named MIAC offensive player of the year for his performance. He is only the fourth player in program history to throw for 300 or more yards in a game.
Ngijol Songolo has verbally committed to play men’s basketball at Minnesota State Moorhead.
Songolo is a 6-4, 180-pound guard who played at the University of Illinois-Chicago, an NCAA Division I school that plays in the Horizon League.
Songolo said he can play both point guard and shooting guard. He played in five games for UIC last season, and has three years of eligibility left with the Dragons.
“I consider myself a real versatile player,” said Songolo. “My biggest strength is my defense. … I’ve always taken pride in my defense and doing whatever it takes to help my team win.”
Songolo said playing in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference was one of the reasons he picked MSUM.
“I’m very familiar with the league,” Songolo said. “I know it’s one of the more competitive Division II leagues in the nation.”
Songolo went to James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Wis., where he played on a state championship team.
Laredo Lemurs pitcher Greg Wilborn said he expects to be out about a month after taking a line drive off his head in Friday’s game against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
“I felt fine, which was my main thing, I knew where I was,” Wilborn said before Saturday’s American Association game. “I knew how many outs there were and everything that had gone on.”
Wilborn left Friday’s game in the fifth inning after a Jose Garcia line drive struck him near his left eye that opened a cut.
Wilborn, who went to a local hospital, said he received 18 stitches, including five internal. He said a scan revealed no brain swelling or concussion. He did suffer a small fracture on the outer rim of the bone around his eye, Wilborn said.
“Hopefully, within in like a month or a little over I can be back out on the field,” Wilborn said. “I could have easily lost my eye if not worse. … It’s just a minor thing so I’m pretty thankful for that.”