Gophers face St. Cloud State in final exhibition

The Gophers men's basketball team will finish out its preseason play with an exhibition game against St. Cloud State University on Friday with the tip-off set at Williams Arena for 7:00 p.m. The Huskies posted a 17-11 overall record and finished tied for fifth in the North Central Conference with a 7-7 record in 2003-04. SCSU won nine of their first 10 games in 2003-04 but lost five of their last seven to end the season.

The Huskies return a solid nucleus of eight players from a year ago, including three returning starters. Their main loss is guard Alex Carlson, who averaged 16.1 points and 6.4 assists per game. Carlson was a first-team All-NCC choice and was Defensive Player of the Year. They return their top returning scorer in senior guard Nate Miller, who averaged 17.5 points per game and was named Honorable Mention All-North Central Conference.


Junior forward Matt Siegle led the team in rebounding with a 6.3 average and dropped in 12.5 points per game, and the other starter, Steve Trull averaged 7.4 points and 5.9 rebounds.


The Huskies also return part-time starter Joe Evert, who averaged 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds and Brad Evans, who averaged 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. Evert started his college career at Loyola (IL) before transferring to his home state


The Huskies added several talented transfers who are expected to make a significant impact this season.


Eric Bergstrom, a 7-foot-0 center from Milaca (MN) High, averaged 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds as a freshman at IPFW.


Matt Hanson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Marantha High, averaged 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds as a freshman at Vermont.


Adam Sullivan, a 6-foot-5 guard, transferred to St. Cloud State from the University of Minnesota-Crookston. He played in 25 games and started 17 for the Golden Eagles in 2003-04, where he averaged 13.2 points per game. Sullivan was named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Honorable Mention team.


Eric Greene, a 6-foot-2 guard, transferred to St. Cloud State from Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he was a redshirt freshman.


David Dreas is a 6-foot-0 guard who has a chance to get solid minutes as a newcomer. He finished his career at Winona High School's all-time leading scorer.


Minnesota is 2-0 all-time vs. St. Cloud. The two teams have not met since 1990. Minnesota is 33-2 all-time over NCC schools. Minnesota opens the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 21 at home vs. Lipscomb at 3 p.m. That game can be seen live on Fox Sports North.

Gopher Illustrated Top Stories