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Cougar men win two close games

The University of Minnesota, Morris men's basketball team picked up two close wins, defeating Presentation on Jan. 16 and North Central University on Jan. 20.

UM-Morris 63

Presentation 61

The Cougars trailed 38-30 at halftime and were down by 16 before fighting back to defeat Upper Midwest Athletic Conference rival Presentation College. The Cougars outscored the Saints at home 33-23 in the second half to win 63-61.

The Cougars shot 42.9 percent from the field and were 79.2 percent at the free-throw line.

The Saints were shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 53.8 percent at the line.

Three Cougars were in double figures on the scoring column.

Kendall Proell scored 17 points, Zach Meyer had 14, and Daniel Fragodt chipped in 13.

Also scoring were Jamin Ivers with eight, Mitch Primus with five, and Kyle Bruns, Clay Fischer, and Joey Fragodt with two apiece.

Primus led the team grabbing seven rebounds, while Daniel Fragodt and Meyer each recorded six.

UM-Morris 62

North Central 61

The Cougar men trailed North Central by just three points at halftime (36-33) after only shooting 31 percent from the floor. The Cougars turned it around in the second half by increasing their shooting percentage to 42 percent, while limiting the Rams to just 33 percent shooting.

Daniel Fragodt had a double-double grabbing 10 rebounds and scoring 19 points to lead the Cougars.

Proell and Meyer both contributed 13 points and nine and six rebounds, respectively.

Also scoring were Primus with five, Bruns with four, Jeremy Bosch and Joey Fragodt with three apiece, and John Hammer with two.

Primus blocked three shots.

"It was a very tough road game, but we hung in there long enough to get the win," said coach Paul Grove. "We rebounded well in the second half and limited them to one shot when we really needed some defensive stops.

"We are very disappointed to lose Joey Fragodt for the rest of the season. He played very well in his short time with us hitting some big shots," added Grove.