Cougar Men Clinch Playoff Spot With Win Over North Central 10 Feb 18

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MEN’S BASKETBALL
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – CD Douglas poured in 34 points as Minnesota Morris clinched a UMAC postseason tournament berth with a 96-87 win Saturday over North Central in men’s basketball action in Minneapolis.

The Cougars started off slow and trailed by double digits only six minutes into the contest. Douglas quickly cut the deficit in half with a layup and 3 to make to 20-15. Later an 8-0 run tied the contest at 26 following 3s from Jeffrey Halverson and Trey Heinsuis. The Cougars added another 11-0 run shortly thereafter to take a 37-28 lead with 3:19 remaining in the first half. They would take a 43-36 lead into the break.

North Central started out hot again to start the second half as they pulled within 2 at 49-47 three minutes in. Later, an NCU 3-point play equaled the score at 55. The Rams would take a 58-57 lead on a Jack Martin jumper. A Nick Peterson jumper regained the lead for the Cougars and a Noah Grove 3-point play extended the edge to 4 at 62-58. NCU battled back again and took a 72-71 lead with 5:54 remaining. UMM followed with a 9-0 run, started by five straight points from Jeffrey Halverson, that gave the Cougars an 80-72 lead with 4:05 left. The Cougars would retain at least a two-possession the rest of the way.

Douglas was 11-for-20 from the floor and 11-for-12 from the free throw line on his way to his 34 points. Grove scored 22 on 8-for-14 shooting. Heinsuis added 14 and Jeffrey Halverson had a near double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Minnesota Morris (11-12, 9-5 in UMAC) returns home for senior night, Wednesday against Northwestern at 5:30 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Five Cougars scored in double figures and two recorded double-doubles as Minnesota Morris won their sixth straight game with a 79-66 win Saturday over North Central in UMAC women’s basketball action in Minneapolis.

The Cougars trailed North Central, 24-17, after the first quarter. A little over two minutes into the second, a Mauren Thiesen 3 cut the deficit to 2 at 27-25. Later, a Kendra Raths 3-point play gave UMM their first lead of the contest at 35-32 with 4:02 remaining in the first half. NCU scored five straight to regain the edge. A Bailey Miller 3-point play gave UMM a 40-37 lead and they would take a slim, 43-42, lead into halftime.

Minnesota Morris used a big third quarter to gain control of the game. Back-to-back 3s from Elli Stevenson and Thiesen started a Cougar 17-2 spurt that gave them a 62-46 lead with 1:41 left in the third. They outscored the Rams, 19-8, in the third to take a 62-50 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Rams pulled within 7 on a couple of occasions, but that was all the closer they would get.

Stevenson led the Cougars with 23 points while going 13-for-14 from the free throw line. Abby Van Kempen scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Frontcourt mate, Raths, added a double-double of her own with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Thiesen scored 13 while Miller added 11.

Minnesota Morris (11-12, 10-4 in UMAC) hosts Northwestern Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for senior night.

TRACK & FIELD
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Minnesota Morris track and field hit the road again Saturday for a meet at the CSB-SJU Invitational in Collegeville.

Justin Pearson shone for the men again as he crossed the finish line in first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.05. He also placed fourth in the 400 meters at 52.30.

Other top finishers for the men included:
Aboubakar Doumbouya – 200 meters – 23.78 – 4th
Doumbouya – 400 meters – 52.35 – 5th
Tyler Sassenberg – 3000 meters – 9:26.92 – 5th
Cole Kvistero – 60-meter hurdles – 9.07 – 4th
Kvistero – long jump – 18-feet, 11.75-inches – 5th
Trent Merkins – shot put – 43-feet, 8-inches – 6th
Merkins – weight throw – 45-feet, 9.25-inches – 6th

For the women, Katherine Novak (5:37.05 in the mile run) and Emily Ciesynski (9.84 in the 60-meter hurdles) had the top individual Cougar finishes with fourth place times. 

Other top Cougar finishers included:
Emily Ciesynski – 200 meters – 27.67 – 6th
Alexa Yeager – 800 meters – 2:45.40 – 9th
Paige Stearns – 3000 meters – 11:49.81 – 5th
Kate Livermore – 60-meter hurdles – 9.98 – 6th
Jessica Bliese – shot put – 34-feet, 9-inches – 6th
Sierra Paske – weight throw – 42-feet, 11-inches – 6th

The Cougars next compete Friday at the South Dakota State Last Chance Meet.