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Northern Men Searching for First Tourney Win in Four Years

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The MSU-Northern men will return to the National Tournament for the fourth consecutive year, but the Lights are still searching for a tournament win. They've been ousted from the dance in their first game the last three years and are looking for a change of fortune.

"I'm looking to stay and play some basketball," says Lights Senior Guard Roshawn West. "Last year we came up short. A first round exit so we got a chance to make some history. I'm looking for another chance to go and compete against some great teams. But I'm looking to play Basketball for the whole week and get a national championship."

The Lights enter the tournament ranked third in the nation in scoring defense per game. But the team says they'll also have to get their offense going if they want to advance in the tournament.

"I think a big part of it is you gotta make shots, says Lights Head Coach Shawn Huse. "You are going to play against some good teams. Everybody out there is good. That's why they're there. Stopping teams, shutting them down. Holding them down. It ain't going to happen."

The Lights open against Freed-Hardman from Tennessee, who finished the season ranked 9th in the top 25 polls. The team says relying on each other is the key to winning the game.

"Everybody gets along. We share the ball," says Lights Senior Guard Allen Brown. "We have a lot of unselfish players on our team. I think that's very key to why we win the games that we do"

The Lights tournament opener is on Thursday at 10:45 A.M. Eastern Time.

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