Grove Reaches Scoring Milestone In Cougars Win 07 Feb 18

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MEN’S BASKETBALL
MORRIS, Minn. – Noah Grove entered Wednesday night’s game against Martin Luther 23 points shy of becoming the eighth player in program history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau. Late in the contest, the local product reached his 23rd point on a driving layup to achieve the milestone in the Cougars 100-64 win in UMAC men’s basketball action at Jim Gremmels Court.

Grove scored 14 off his 23 points in the first half as he went 8-for-9 from the free throw line. Grove stood at 17 points with under six minutes remaining. A lay-in at 5:21 put him at 19 points, another lay-in a minute later put him two shy, then his final layup with 2:52 remaining put his career scoring figure in quadruple digits in front of the home of the crowd.

It was a great all-around night for Grove as he added six rebounds, six assists, and three steals to his stat-line.

It was also a great night for the Cougars team. After scoring a season-low total in their last game, UMM shot 60 percent from the floor and assisted on 24 of their 33 made shots. They shot 55 percent from 3-point range as six Cougars scored in double figures, led by Grove’s 23.

Jeremy Halverson drained 5 3s on his way to 19 points. Jeffrey Halverson scored all 13 of his points in the first half on 5-for-7 shooting. CD Douglas and Trent Jerome each scored 11 and Nick Peterson added 10.

Minnesota Morris (10-12, 8-5 in UMAC) heads to Minneapolis Saturday for a game at North Central.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MORRIS, Minn. – Junior forward Kendra Raths only reached double figures in one statistical category Wednesday night against Martin Luther, but she was close to reaching double-digits in three more areas as her career-high 27-point effort helped give Minnesota Morris a 74-59 win in UMAC women’s basketball action at Jim Gremmels Court.

Not only was Raths scoring, she was crashing the boards, dishing out the assists, swatting away shots, and preventing the Knights from completing their passes. The Sartell native recorded nine rebounds, seven assists, six blocks, and three steals as UMM recorded their fifth straight victory.

Minnesota Morris trailed Martin Luther late in the first quarter, but a 5-0 run gave them a 19-15 lead going into the second quarter.

A Raths lay-in seconds in the second quarter gave UMM a six-point edge. Zoe Loucks stopped an MLC five-point spurt with a 3 which started a 13-2 Cougar run. Raths and Emma Atkinson added 3s and Elli Stevenson hit two layups just seconds apart from each other to help give the Cougars their first double-digit lead at 34-22. The lead would continue to grow to 19 at 44-25 by halftime.

The Cougar lead would remain in double figures throughout the second half.

Abby Van Kempen tied a career-high with 17 rebounds and she equaled Raths’ total of six blocked shots. Bailey Miller scored 11 and Stevenson scored seven while dishing out seven assists.

Minnesota Morris (10-12, 9-4 in UMAC) travels to face North Central Saturday in Minneapolis.