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Cougar rally comes up short

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A second half rally fell short as the University of Minnesota Morris Cougar mens (5-2) five game winning streak came to an end with a 62-53 loss to Carleton on Monday night.

Evan Reller led the team with ten points on the night. Morris held the 17-6 advantage in points off turnovers but it was not enough to pick up the win.

Carleton jumped out to an early 13-3 lead as the Cougars struggled from the field in the opening half. The Knights held UMM to without a made three pointer for most of the first half. Reller had early success scoring seven points in the first half but Minnesota Morris went to the break trailing 30-21.

Six other Cougars scored in the first half but no one had more than three points. It was the second lowest scoring first half of the season.

The Cougars cut the lead to one in the opening four minutes of play in the second half thanks to a pair of three pointers by Cody Emrick. The Knights pushed the lead back to eight but the Cougars came back once again. Neil Helgeson hit a three with 9:20 left to cut it to one possession. After a made free throw by Carleton, Brodie Raymond hit a three to cut it to one, but the Knights answered with a three of their own pushing the lead back to four.

Emrick hit a spinning runner in the lane to tie the game up at 47 with just fewer than six minutes left. Carleton responded with a quick four point burst to take the lead back. The Cougars had a chance to tie the game up with just over a minute to play but the shot rimmed out and the Knights hit a three pointer on their next possession pushing their lead to six with under a minute to play. Carleton hit a pair of free throws to make it 58-50 icing the game and handing the Cougars their second loss of the season.

Minnesota Morris will be back in action Friday as they host Mayville State on Ugly Sweater Night in the P.E. Center.