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Cougar men split weekend games

The University of Minnesota, Morris men's basketball team split Upper Midwest Athletic Conference games at the P.E. Center last weekend.

Martin Luther 67

UM-Morris 52

The Cougars only trailed by three (27-24) at halftime, but Martin Luther improved its shooting from the field to defeat UMM 67-52 by the end of the game. After shooting only 21.9 percent from the floor in the first half, Martin Luther was at 46.9 percent in the second half.

The Cougars were 34.6 percent in the first half and 40.9 percent in the second. At the free-throw line, the Cougars were 11-of-18, while the Knights were 15-of-19.

Only one Cougar, Daniel Fragodt, broke into double digits on the scoring column with 13.

John Hammer had eight points, Kendall Proell and Jeremy Bosch had seven points apiece, Mitch Primus added six points, Clay Fischer and Zach Meyer each had four points, and Kyle Bruns had three.

Meyer and Bruns led the Cougars with six rebounds apiece. Fischer grabbed six. Proell had a team-high three steals.

UM-Morris 87

Bethany 78

After taking a five-point (40-35) deficit into halftime, the Cougars hit 20 free-throws in the second half to defeat Bethany Lutheran 87-78.

The Cougars were 20-of-27 at the line in the second half, after hitting all six charity baskets in the first half.

The Vikings only made five free-throws, connecting on three.

Overall, the Cougars were shooting near 46 percent for the entire game.

Meanwhile, the Vikings dropped from a 50-percent average in the first half to only hitting 36 percent in the second half.

Four Cougars were in double figures. Fragodt recorded a double/double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cougars in both columns.

Bosch had 14 points, while Proell and Fischer added 13 apiece. Also scoring were Meyer and Bruns with eight each, Primus and Jamin Ivers with five apiece, and Hammer with two.

Proell dished out a team-high five assists. Fragodt had four. Fischer had three steals to lead the Cougars and Primus blocked three shots.