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Cougar men shoot down Eagles on the road

Paced by a hot shooting first half, the University of Minnesota, Morris men's basketball team scored a 69-66 road win over Northwestern Friday in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) action.

The Cougars hit 18-of-29 (67 percent) first-half field goals, while holding the Eagles under 50 percent (14-of-30) as they built up a three-point lead at the break. In the second half, the Cougars never trailed and opened their lead up to as much as 10 points.

For the second straight year, Morris rebounds from an opening loss in conference action to knock off Northwestern, but this time get their first win in St. Paul since the 2005 UMAC Tournament Championship Game.

The Cougars were led in scoring by four players in double figures, paced by 13 each from Evan Reller and Derek Schmidt. Schmidt hit double figures for the ninth straight game, while Reller posted the best scoring game of his young career.

Kyle Bruns finished with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Zach Meyer returned from a three-game absence to score 10, going 5-of-7 from the floor.

The Cougars were actually out-rebounded by the Eagles, 35-31, but pulled down 25 on the defensive end to limit the Eagles' chances. Morris finished the game with 10 points on second chances, compared to eight from Northwestern.

UMM also got 36 points from their bench in the game, while NWC got just 15 with only four coming in the second half