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Men's College Basketball: Walthall coach of year, Riewer co-player of year

Minnesota State University Moorhead head coach Chad Walthall was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference coach of the year while Dragons' senior guard Jordan Riewer shared player of the year honors Thursday.

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Minnesota State University Moorhead head coach Chad Walthall was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference coach of the year while Dragons' senior guard Jordan Riewer shared player of the year honors Thursday.

Walthall has guided the MSUM program to new heights. The Dragons entered this week's NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament as NSIC regular season co-champions with a conference record of 20-2 and an overall record of 30-2. MSUM has set single-season school records for most wins (30) and most conference wins (20) this season.

On Wednesday, MSUM defeated Wayne State 89-60 in the first round. Riewer led the Dragons in assists and steals with six each and contributed 14 points.

MSUM (30-2) moves on to face Upper Iowa in the quarterfinals at noon Sunday at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Upper Iowa beat Minot State 97-85 on Wednesday. MSUM beat Upper Iowa 106-81 on Jan. 2 in Moorhead.

In his fifth season at MSUM, Walthall is 106-43 with a conference record of 73-37 and a winning percentage of 71.1 percent. With two conference titles under his belt, Walthall has vaulted the MSUM program to national recognition, earning 20 wins for the third time in his tenure and the ninth time in school history.

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After the Dragons' first-round win over Wayne State, the Dragons are 6-4 in the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament under Walthall. In 2011-12, he led the Dragons to a 21-10 record and the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1964. Last season, the Dragons went 21-8 and won the NSIC North Division for their first conference title since 1981-82.

Walthall earned the 200th win of his career in a 111-40 win over Presentation on Dec. 2 and his 100th victory at MSUM in a 76-72 win over Minnesota State Mankato on Jan. 31.

Riewer has had an incredible senior season. The Staples-Motley graduate won NSIC North Division player of the week honors five times. He joined the 1,000-point club, became the Dragons' all-time leader in assists and three-pointers made and broke the school's single-season record for assists.

He leads the team in scoring (16.9 ppg), rebounding (4.8 rpg), assists (5.5 apg), 3-point field goal percentage (.522) and free throw percentage (.944). He is first in the NSIC in free throw percentage (.944), three-point field goals made per game (2.9), and assist to turnover ratio (3.9).

Riewer is also second in the NSIC in three-point field goal percentage (.522), third in assists per game (5.5), and sixth in scoring (16.9 ppg).

Nationally, Riewer is first in Division-II in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.93), first in free throw percentage (.944), first in three-point field goal percentage (.522), sixth in total three-pointers made (94), and ninth in total assists (177).

Jordan Riewer
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