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Men suffer loss to Cougars of Sioux Falls

The University of Minnesota, Morris men's basketball team ran into their second hot shooting team in as many nights Thursday, suffering a 101-57 loss on the road to the University of Sioux Falls in the nonconference finale.

After Morris scored the game's first basket, Sioux Falls ripped off nine straight points and never trailed again. In a battle of Cougars, UMM shot 52 percent (14-of-27) in the first half, but unfortunately was matched up with a USF squad that connected at a 59 percent (20-of-34) clip.

Sioux Falls led 47-32 at the break, before shooting at 58 percent (18-of-31) again in the second half to outscore the Cougars 54-25 in the period and close out the win.

The first half was marked by a pair of runs by Sioux Falls to open the game and put it away almost as soon as it started. After their 9-0 sprint over the first three minutes, USF answered the UMM bucket with an ensuing 13-0 run to take an 18-point lead before the midway point of the first half.

  Sioux Falls was able to control the rest of the game, leading by double digits the rest of that way.  Morris was able to close the first half on a 5-0 run, and after the first basket of the second half got within 12, but that was as close as it would get.

For the second straight game, Derek Schmidt and Brendon Foss led the way with 10 points each, stretching Schmidt's career-long streak to seven straight games in double figures.

The focus now turns to UMAC play, where the Cougars will click off three games next week, starting with Presentation on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

The Cougars will be looking for a little revenge, as in last season's UMAC opener in Morris, the Cougars dropped an 83-78 decision to the Saints in overtime.

The week then closes out with games at Northwestern and Crown.