Cougar men win at home
UMM Sports Information
The University of Minnesota Morris picked up a victory Friday night beating Presentation College (8-3) 57-48. The Cougars were well-balanced on offense with RJ Dean leading the way with 13 points, Neil Helgeson added 11 and both Brendon Foss and Evan Reller each ended with 9 points apiece. Reller would also have 17 rebounds, which would be a career high.
Dean got the Cougars underway with a 3 pointer from the corner on their first possession. Presentation were held scoreless for the first three minutes before finally getting on the board with a quick bucket. Foss hit a 3 pointer, got fouled and converted the free throw for the 4 point play extending Morris’s lead to 11-4. Helgeson earned an easy two points when a Saints player tipped the ball in the basket on a pass to Reller giving the Cougars a 19-12 lead.
With just over 8 minutes to play in the first half the Cougars held a 24-12 lead over the Saints. Since the tip in basket, Morris went on a 9-1 run pushing their lead to 28-13 before the Saints would score again. The Saints then began their own run, outscoring UMM 7-0 before the Cougars called a timeout with the score at 28-20.
Morris went into the half with a 30-22 lead, led by Dean with 7 points. The Cougars held the Saints scoreless on all of the five 3 point attempts and making four of their 13 points helping them jump out to the eight point lead.
The Cougars again struck first in the second half, scoring the first four points of the half, after Foss made both free throws, then on a second-chance basket Tyler Pendleton made a mid-range jumper making the lead 34-22. The Saints slowly battled back into the closing to within nine at 37-28 game with 13 minutes to play.
A missed 3 attempt by Presentation led to a put back basket to make cut it to seven points. Back to back buckets by John Haseman gave the Cougars a 10 point lead with 11 minutes to be played, but the Saints battled back into the game making it 45-40 after trailing 45-36. Presentation then went on 12-3 run to tie the game up at 48 with four minutes remaining in the game. After a scoreless few minutes, Dean converted a pair of free throws with 2:46 to play to put the Cougars back up 50-48 before the Saints used a timeout. The Cougars held on to win the game with converting on their free throws when it mattered.
Minnesota-Morris will be back in action on Monday night as they travel to Carleton College with tip off at 7 pm.