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Cougar men enter UMAC tournament

The University of Minnesota, Morris men's basketball team earned an opening-round play-off game at home with the No. 4 seed in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

The Cougars hosted No. 5 seed Presentation Tuesday at the P.E. Center.

After splitting last weekend's games, the Cougars finished the season in fourth place with a 9-5 UMAC record.

Northwestern 74

UM-Morris 63

After falling behind 34-23 in the first half, the Cougars fell to Northwestern 74-63 in St. Paul.

The Cougars were shooting at 34.4 percent from the field in the first half and improved to 46.9 percent in the second frame.

Northwestern shot 48.3 percent in the first half and 55.2 percent in the second half.

At the free-throw line, the Cougars were 7-of-12, while the Eagles were 6-of-10.

Zach Meyer led the Cougars with 19 points, followed by Kendall Proell with 14.

Also scoring were Mitch Primus with nine, Daniel Fragodt with seven, Jeremy Bosch with six, Kyle Bruns with four, John Hammer with three, and Jamin Ivers with one.

Bruns grabbed nine rebounds to lead the team.

Proell dished out a team-high four assists.

UM-Morris 78

Crown 55

The Cougars jumped out to a 40-28 halftime lead over Crown Friday at Saint Bonifacius and never looked back on the way to a 78-55 UMAC victory.

The Cougars were shooting 37.5 percent in the first half and improved to 48.4 percent in the second.

Crown was at 50 percent or better throughout the game, but took eight fewer shots.

At the free-throw line the Cougars were 18-of-27, while Crown only made three attempts, connecting on two.

Four Cougars were in double figures. Meyer led with 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Proell added 13 points and led the team with six steals.

Bosch had 11 points and Fragodt had 10.

Also scoring were Hammer and Primus with seven apiece, Bruns with six, Clay Fischer and Chris Haglin with four each, and Ivers with two.

Bruns led at the boards with eight.