Thursday, December 9, 2010

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last weekend was a big weekend for my little brother, player. he was named northern sun intercollegiate conference player of the week - you can read the full link here. he scored

there is an article on his school's site, as well. i'll paste the words here in case they take it down.

Erdmann Named NSIC Player of the Week

Eric Erdmann

Burnsville, MN - For the third time in his University of Mary playing career, Eric Erdmann is the Northern Sun Men's Basketball Player of the Week. The senior forward earned this week's award by the conference after leading the Marauders in scoring back to back nights as U-Mary split their NSIC opening weekend series.

Erdmann averaged 26.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals in the two games.

The two-time All-NSIC performer opened the weekend with 25 points and eight rebounds in an 84-81 overtime win over St. Cloud State. He was 2-of-3 behind the arc, hit all five free throw attempts and added two steals.

The following night, Erdmann scored a season-high 28 points and added seven rebounds in a 70-67 loss to Concordia University-St. Paul. He also had four steals.

The 53 points Erdmann scored over the weekend pushes his career total to 1,294 in 91 games.

For the season, Erdmann is averaging 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds.

Previously Erdmann won the award in Dec. 2007, after leading the Marauders to an upset of then-#8 St. Cloud State and January 2010.

here are highlights from the first game on friday night

they lost their second game on saturday night, BUT player scored 28 points. check out those highlights here:

AND THEN... to top it all off, the fargo forum ran an article on my littlest brother. sports writer eric peterson called my bro to chat and then wrote an article about him! i'm also pasting that article but know that i did not write it...

Published December 08 2010

Peterson: Erdmann tearing up the NSIC at Mary

Eric Erdmann is healthier and that isn’t a good thing for the rest of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

By: Eric Peterson, INFORUM

Eric Erdmann is healthier and that isn’t a good thing for the rest of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The former Fargo North standout is coming off one of his best NSIC men’s basketball weekends with the University of Mary. Erdmann scored 25 points in an overtime win against

St. Cloud State on Friday and followed that with a season-high 28 points in a loss against Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday. That effort earned him league player of the week honors.

“You can just tell he is a senior out there,” Marauders head coach Randall Herbst said. “He has a lot of confidence in his game. He’s a tough matchup.”

Erdmann is two years removed from a medical redshirt season in which he played two games because of plantar fasciitis and a bad shoulder. While he rebounded with a strong campaign last winter (16.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game), helping the Marauders to an unexpected rise to the top half of the NSIC, he feels even stronger this year.

This past offseason he was able to work on improving his game instead of rehabbing injuries like he had to in the previous offseason.

“This is healthiest I’ve felt since my freshman year,” said Erdmann, who is averaging 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game through six contests. “No aches and pains with my shoulder and my feet. Last year, I had a problem with my Achilles so that kept me out of practices, too. ... This year, I was able to take the whole offseason to get better and I did.”

Herbst said the 6-foot-5 Erdmann is hard to guard because of his versatility. Put a taller defender on Erdmann and he can take his game to the perimeter and hit shots. Put a smaller and quicker defender on Erdmann and he can score in the paint.

“He is so skilled,” Herbst said.

Erdmann ranks No. 8 on Mary’s all-time scoring list with 1,294 points in 91 career games. He has helped the program turn the corner over his five years. In his first three years with the team, the Marauders won nine, eight and seven games. Last season, Mary won 15 games and finished fifth in the NSIC.

The Marauders (5-1, 1-1 NSIC) are halfway to double digits win through six games this season.

“Right now our program is on the way up,” Erdmann said. “We’ve got a lot of confidence right now. You always want to be part of that group that turns the program around.”

Herbst feels Erdmann has fed off the team success.

“I think the expectations that have been placed on the program have added a little jump in our step and he’s got it,” Herbst said.

Erdmann said the togetherness of this group has also helped him flourish this season. The Marauders return seven players from last season, including six seniors.

“We know the system and how to play with each other. Right now it’s team chemistry,” Erdmann said. “We know when people are going to cut and how people are going to get open.”

Erdmann along with lightning-quick senior point guard Anthony Moody has given the Marauders a potent 1-2 scoring punch. The NSIC newcomer of the year last season, Moody leads the team with 18.5 points per game.

“It doesn’t hurt him any that we have Anthony Moody,” Herbst said. “You can’t stop them both. Pick your poison.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

how cool is all that??

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