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Eagles pull away to defeat Morris men

The Northwestern Eagles came from behind to take an 81-72 win over the University of Minnesota, Morris men's basketball team Friday in the P.E. Center.

The Cougars matched the Eagles in the first half shooting 51.6 percent from the field and were 7-of-11 from the three-point range. Northwestern was 13-of-25 from three-point range as six players hit a trey.

Ben Hoidal was 5-of-5 from the field, including three three pointers, finishing with 13 points. Evan Reller also had 13 points, as he shot 6-of-8 from the field. Steve Birman had a team-high 15 points. R.J. Dean had 10 points and seven rebounds.

UMM jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first half and led by as much as nine before the Eagles got back in the game at 12-11. The Cougars pulled away once again and led by as much as 10 at 33-23 with 4:45 left in the first half. Northwestern used a 12-4 run to draw within two before Hoidal hit a three pointer with a half minute left to give the Cougars the 40-35 lead at halftime.

Minnesota Morris held the lead through the first six minutes of the second half, but then the Eagles went on a run to take a 72-57 lead thanks to a 28-9 run. The Cougars were unable to get back in the game as the Eagles pulled away and led 79-62 with 1:51 left. UMM finished on a 10-2 run but ran out of time falling 81-72.