Shooting 50 percent from the floor, the UW-Superior men’s basketball team managed to pull away from the University of Minnesota Morris Cougars late for a 72-67 win Saturday, Jan. 19, in Superior, extending the Cougars’ conference losing streak to three games.
The Cougars and Yellowjackets traded blows for much of the first half. In fact, UMM was able to stay within a possession for the first few minutes of the first half. However, after Jeffrey Halverson's layup at the 14:47-mark of the first half tied the game at 10-10, UW-Superior started to heat up.
The Jackets would break the game open to a 24-17 contest until Trent Jerome's jumper sparked the Cougars. Minnesota Morris chipped away at the lead for much of the final five minutes of the first half and eventually crawled back to within a one possession game after Trey Heinsius knocked down a three-pointer.
A possession later, Nick Peterson gave the game its second tie of the evening with 2:13 left in the first half. Minnesota Morris would capture its first lead of the game after Jeremy Halverson connected on a free throw attempt with a minute left.
The second half was almost identical to the first half as both squads were unable to lengthen any lead, staying within a possession or two of each other. The Jackets were able to jump out to the early lead, but the trio of Noah Grove and the Halverson brothers were able to get the Cougars back within striking distance. The final 10 minutes of the contest may in fact by the best basketball the Cougars have played down the stretch, particularly from the starting five. Jeremy Halverson, Jeffrey Halverson, Heinsius and Grove all played close to 30 minutes and reached double figures with Jeffrey Halverson scoring a team-high 16 points. Of the Cougars' 67 points, 59 came from the starting five. Heinsuis finished with 11 points while Grove and Jeremy Halverson scored 15 and 10 points, respectively.
The Cougars would take their final lead of the contest at 63-60 with 2:50 left in the second half before the Yellow jackets rallied to victory.
Minnesota Morris (6-10, 4-4 UMAC) will be back in action at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 with a home contest against Trinity Bible College, in Morris.