The 2018-2019 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) men's basketball regular season champion Northwestern Eagles outscored the University of Minnesota Morris men's basketball team by 20 points in the second half to secure an 88-65 victory Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Ericksen Center in St. Paul. Senior Noah Grove recorded 21 points in the contest – his eighth 20-point game this season.
With the loss, Minnesota Morris falls to 9-15 overall and 6-9 in conference action, while Northwestern improves to 18-6 overall and 14-1 in UMAC play.
In the first half, the Eagles had an 11-point lead twice with under nine minutes to play, but the Cougars were able to keep the contest close down the stretch.
With 1:20 left in the first half, Kenneth Riley made a 3-pointer to bring the Cougars within three points at 39-36. Following Riley's 3-pointer, neither team scored sending the game into halftime at 39-36 in favor of Northwestern.
The second half saw Northwestern shoot better than 50-percent from the field (20-of-39) to lead by as much as 24 points.
With 16:06 left in the second half, Nick Peterson hit a 3-pointer to bring the Cougars within one at 43-42, but the Eagles used a 15-0 run over the next four minutes to extend their lead to 58-42.
Northwestern's Anderson Bazile Jr. connected on a 3-pointer to make it a 74-54 contest in favor of the Eagles with 6:00 left to play.
Minnesota Morris hosts Northland in its regular season finale at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Cougar Sports Center in Morris. Saturday's contest will be Senior Day for the Cougars. The winner of the Minnesota Morris-Northland game will be the No. 5 and final seed in the 2019 UMAC Tournament.