MINOT, N.D. - Minot State Beaver Basketball is less than a week away, so it's time to get excited. Wednesday night the Beavers hosted their annual Late Night event where fans could get together to meet and support the men's and women's teams. The event is about the community as well.
"I always make a half-court shot obviously, right. I woke up and I said 'I'm going to do it,'" said Trevor Reed, half-court shot winner.
You could say Beaver basketball started out with a bang.
"I'm pumped. I mean my adrenaline is still going, I mean I'm trying to talk right now. I’m just still really pumped," said Reed.
Late night was fun to break the ice before the seasons start.
"We've had four practices, so it's fun to get out here and put on the game uniforms, and it definitely gets me more excited for game time. We are still a long way away from game time, we are still a long way away from our first real game, but we have an exhibition game already on Monday," said Matt Murken, Minot State Men’s Head Basketball Coach.
But it was not just about the teams, it was also about the fans.
"It’s a really fun night because we came out and have some fun around the game of basketball and interact with other student athletes and people from the community and just a little more interactive than the games. Obviously those are a little more serious,” said Murken.
It also give them a chance to see the personalities they don't normally see during game time.
"We just want to interact and let them see the person that these kids are when they're not out there trying to win basketball games. They're just out there having fun, and you can kind of see the lighter side and go interact with the crowd and community," said Sheila Green Gerding, Minot Sate Women’s Head Basketball Coach.
In addition to make some new fans, as well.
"It's really fun, really fun. I like that you can get all the families together and pay a little appreciation to the boys and girls that play ball," said Reed.
"First time meeting the team and everything is fun so far. It's exciting and fun and the adrenaline is pumping. Everything is good," said Deliza Phillip, future Minot State Student.