MARSHALL - Southwest Minnesota State picked up two wins against the Sioux Falls Wheelers Saturday, winning 41-33 and 36-35 in back-to-back games.
In the first game, David Nelson provided the bulk of the scoring for the Mustangs with 20 of the team's 41 points. Derek Klinkner chipped in 10 points to go with six from David Eujen, four from Dominic Saiz and one from Donte Hill.
"David Nelson did a great job in the first game that we won. He basically carried the team with 20 points," said Klinkner, player/head coach. "Great job with our Class I Dominic (Baiz). He had the fear of shooting for the longest time because of his fear for getting blocked. We got him over that and he scored four and six points. He doesn't score those points in the second game, we don't win that game."
Kyle Timmerman was the leading scorer for the Wheelers with 20 points to go with seven from Savoy Brown.
In the second game, SMSU survived a second-half rally by the Wheelers to hang on for a 36-35 win. The Wheelers had two shots right before the buzzer, that clanged off the rim.
The Mustangs got a balanced scoring effort from all players as Klinkner led the way with 10. Nelson and Eujen each chipped in eight to go with six from Saiz and four from Hill.
"It's pretty tough when you have five players," said Klinkner "One of our players is out with a concussion right now. Five players pressing all the time for 40 minutes can get tough at times."
Timmerman and Brown were the leading scorers for the Wheelers with 13 and 10 points respectively.
The two teams will square off once again at the R/A building Saturday at 4 p.m.