Cougars Top Saints In UMAC Game Of The Week 16 Dec 17

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MEN’S BASKETBALL
MORRIS, Minn. – Minnesota Morris led the entire way and remained perfect in conference play with a 72-66 win Saturday over St. Scholastica in UMAC men’s basketball action at Jim Gremmels Court.

The game could not have gotten off to a better start for the Cougars as they made all of their first five shots. Jeremy Halverson drained a 3 on the opening possession. CD Douglas and Noah Grove exchanged the next four baskets as the Cougars raced out to an 11-0 lead two and a half minutes into the contest.

UMM maintained that edge over the next 10 minutes. A 7-0 CSS run cut UMM’s lead to 28-24 with 4:53 remaining in the half. The Cougars followed with seven straight of their own to push the advantage back to double-digits. A Douglas lay-up and free throw made it 35-24. The Saints would get it back down to 4 late in the half. A Trey Heinsuis tip-in at the buzzer gave the Cougars a 38-32 lead at halftime.

Within two minutes of the second half, the Cougars regained their double-digit lead. Heinsuis and Douglas each had lay-ins and Trent Jerome gave UMM their biggest lead at 13 following a 3 from the corner to make it 47-34 with 14:47 left in the game.

The Saints would make a run to cut their deficit to 3 at 53-50, but a big Grove 3 stopped their spurt. Another Jerome 3 pushed the Cougar edge back to double digits at 64-52 with 4:18 left. CSS made it as close as 4 in the closing seconds, but the Cougars would hold on for the conference win.

Douglas had a near double-double with 23 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Grove added 14 points and Jerome scored 10.

Minnesota Morris (3-7, 3-0 in UMAC) is off until December 30 when they go out of conference for a game at Gustavus Adolphus.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MORRIS, Minn. – Minnesota Morris used a pair of impressive spurts to gain a big halftime lead en route to a 67-47 win over St. Scholastica Saturday in UMAC women’s basketball action at Jim Gremmels Court.

With the game tied at 5 early on, the Cougars went on their first big run. A Kendra Raths lay-in started a Cougar 12-0 run that gave them a 17-5 edge. Elli Stevenson drained a conventional 3 and added an old-fashioned 3-point play in the stretch. UMM would take a 22-13 lead into the second quarter.

The Cougars put together a more impressive run to start the second quarter. Bailey Miller made the first shot from the field in the quarter to put the Cougars back up by double-digits at 25-13. The lead would only grow from there. A Raths 3-point play and a Miller lay-in gave the Cougars their first 20-point lead at 34-13. Abby Van Kempen delivered back-to-back baskets and Mauren Thiesen drained a 3 to give UMM a 30-point lead at 43-13 with 2:43 left in the half. The Cougars scored the first 21 points of the second quarter and went on a 22-0 run that spanned both quarters. UMM held St. Scholastica scoreless for more than eight minutes to start the quarter. The finally scored their first points of the stanza with 1:51 left in the half. The Cougars took a 45-19 lead into the locker room.

The Minnesota Morris lead stayed in the 20s for most of the second half.

Van Kempen had a big day playing against her older sister Holly of St. Scholastica by recording a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Raths scored 15 while pulling down seven boards. Stevenson had 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.

Minnesota Morris (2-8, 2-1 in UMAC) is off until December 30 when they hit the road for a non-conference game at St. Catherine.

MEN’S SOCCER
MORRIS, Minn. – At their annual end-of-season banquet, the Minnesota Morris men’s soccer team honored seven student-athletes for their work on and off the field this season.

Most Valuable Players: Cody Christ, Sr., Elk River, Minn. and Gabe Arreguin, So., Waseca, Minn.
Offensive Player of the Year: Gabe Arreguin, So. Waseca, Minn.
Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Keller, Jr., St. Cloud, Minn.
Most Improved Player: Liam Easter, Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.
Newcomer of the Year: Hugo Castaneda, Fr., Waseca, Minn.
Started 20 games, one goal, one assist
Training Award: Andy Haley, Sr., Waseca, Minn.
Cougar Award (Coach’s Award): Matt Marshall, Jr., St. Paul, Minn.