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Brendon Foss with the ball against St. Scholastica on Friday, Jan. 17. Foss had seven points in the 77-64 win over CSS Friday night. (Brooke Kern/Sun Tribune)

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The University of Minnesota, Morris mens’ basketball went 2-0 over the weekend at home, snapping a four game losing streak with wins over St. Scholastica and Northland College. The Cougars beat St. Scholastica 77-64 on Friday night, and crushed Northland College 81-41 on Saturday, Jan. 18 for their now 2-1 record in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

UM-Morris 77, St. Scholastica 64

The Cougars snapped their four game losing streak in a big way on Friday, Jan. 17 beating St. Scholastica, 77-64. Morris used a 23-2 run to start the game gaining control from the opening tip.

Minnesota Morris began the game on a 13-0 run, before the Saints got on the board. Brendon Foss had fast break steal and dunk to put UMM up 9-0, forcing a quick Saints timeout. The run continued to grow and the Cougars forced another timeout after beating the press break for an easy fast break layup. The lead got as large as 21 at 23-2 before St. Scholastica put together a 7-0 run, cutting the lead to 13. The Saints got as close as nine in the first half but the Cougars took a 34-24 lead into the break.

In the first half, Morris was 14-25 from the field, shooting over 20 percent better than the Saints. RJ Dean had ten points to lead the Cougars in scoring, shooting 4-4 from the field. Eight different Cougars scored in the first half. UMM also had five blocks in the half, three by Foss and two by Evan Reller.

The Saints cut the lead to seven out of the half and kept pressuring the Cougars. The Saints got as close as six, but Morris hit four straight threes on consecutive possessions to take a 58-40 lead with just over 11:30 remaining. With less than five minutes remaining in the game, the Cougars were in control up 74-52.

Morris finished the second half 8-11 from three on the way to a 77-64 win over the Saints. Dean finished with 19 points, one point shy of his career and season high. Cody Emrick was 5-7 from the field with three long range shots for a total of 13 points. Tyler Pendleton had 12 points thanks to a 4-6 night from behind the arc.

The Cougars ended the night with a 56.9 percent shooting percentage from the field and 13-22 from three. The 13 made three pointers were a season high and most since hitting 13 against Martin Luther last year. In addition, Morris had a season high 19 assists on 29 made baskets.

UM-Morris 81, Northland 41

Minnesota Morris picked up a big 81-41 win over Northland on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Foss had a double-double, including a season high 16 points in the first half. He also added 12 rebounds, including six offensive boards. Morris had 18 offensive rebounds in the game, Northland had just 14 total rebounds.

The hot shooting from Friday night continued into the early portion of Saturday's game, UMM was shooting over 50 percent halfway through the first half, propelling them to an 18-13 lead. Northland closed the gap to one at 18-17, but the Cougars responded with a 12-0 run, pushing the lead to 13 with 3:57 left in the half. After a UMM timeout, Morris kept pushing, extending the lead to 34-17.

Northland snapped a streak of over seven minutes without field goal with a three pointer with just under 2:30 left in the half, but it did not slow the Cougars down. Minnesota Morris finished the half shooting 56.3 percent from the field and 4-9 from three, taking a 44-24 lead into the break.

Foss had 16 points and eight rebounds in the opening first half, setting a new season high for points in the process. Foss was 8-10 from the field in the opening twenty minutes of play. Reller had eight points in the first half as well. The team shot 18-32 from the field and 4-9 from behind the arc.

Morris continued to pour it on in the second half, opening the half on a 19-7 run in the first ten minutes of play. The Cougars did not look back after the halfway point of the second half, pulling away to win 81-41.

Reller and Foss finished with a team high 16 points. RJ Dean and Neil Helgeson each added 10. Ten different Cougars picked up points on Saturday. Joe Roggenbuck had a career high nine points off the bench, shooting 4-6 from the field. Christian Hermansen had his first ever basket as a Cougar late in the second half.

The Cougars travel to St. Paul next weekend to take on Northwestern and North Central on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24-25, respectively.

Brooke Kern

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