Cougar Men Pickup Nice Road Win At Gustavus 01 Jan 18

ST. PETER, Minn. – Minnesota Morris faced three MIAC foes in non-conference play earlier this season and were on the losing side all three times. In their fourth matchup against a MIAC opponent in 2017, the Cougar men’s basketball team came away with a nice road win over Gustavus Adolphus Saturday, 76-71, in St. Peter.

The Cougars trailed by 2 at 27-25 with 2:45 left in the first half, but closed with a 13-3 run to take a 38-30 lead into the break. CD Douglas gave UMM the lead with back-to-back layups. James Pendleton followed with an acrobatic 3-point play on a lay-in while being fouled. Darius Westrich and Nick Peterson came off the bench to drain 3s in the final minute of the half to give the Cougars their 8-point edge.

Minnesota Morris did a great stop of halting Gustie runs in the second half. Gustavus pulled within 3 early in the second half, but the Cougars pushed it back up to 9 with the help of 3s from Jeffrey Halverson and Douglas. The Cougar lead would get to as high as 11 at 53-42 following a Noah Grove 3-point play.

Gustavus went on a 10-3 spurt to pull within 4, but shortly after, the Cougars were back up by 9 following another Peterson shot from deep.

The Gusties would finally break through to take a 68-65 lead with 3:33 remaining, but the Cougars would close the game on an 11-3 run to claim the road win. Halverson tied the game at 68 with a 3. A Douglas lay-in gave the Cougars the lead at 70-68. After a GAC 3, Douglas countered with a jumper to regain the edge for UMM at 72-71 with 1:49 left. The Cougars withstood three Gustavus missed jumpers on the next possession. Douglas rebounded the final miss, drew the foul and drained two free throws. Gustavus missed another 3 in the closing seconds and Halverson closed out the win with two free throws.

Douglas led the Cougars with 19 points. Grove had a near double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. Halverson added 11 points.

Minnesota Morris (4-7) stays in south central Minnesota for their next game, Wednesday at Bethany Lutheran in Mankato.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Morris women’s basketball team returned to the court after a two-week layoff for a non-conference matchup Saturday at St. Catherine. The Cougars held a halftime lead, but the Wildcats outscored UMM by 11 in the second half and took a 63-53 victory from the Cougars.

UMM trailed by 6 after the first quarter, but were able to take a 30-29 lead into halftime. Bailey Miller was a catalyst in leading the Cougars back. She scored the first bucket of the quarter then connected on back-to-back shots that tied the game at 24. Emma Atkinson came off the bench to give the Cougars a spark. She drained a 3 that gave UMM a 28-26 lead; their first lead since they scored the game’s first points. Atkinson shared the Cougar-lead in scoring with 10 points on the afternoon. After the Wildcats tied it, Mauren Thiesen’s lay-in gave the Cougars the edge going into the break.

The Cougars maintained their lead early in the third quarter. Becca Holland and Abby Van Kempen hit back-to-back jumpers to increase UMM’s lead to 3 at 34-31. St. Kate’s countered though with an 8-0 run to give them a 39-34 edge. Miller and Kendra Raths hit jumpers to pull the Cougars within 1, but the Wildcats scored the quarter’s final six points to take a 45-38 into the final quarter. The Wildcats built their lead to double digits in the final quarter to sustain the victory.

Miller and Van Kempen equaled Atkinson with 10 points. Raths pulled down 13 rebounds to go along with 7 points.

Minnesota Morris (2-9) returns to conference play Wednesday for a game at Bethany Lutheran.