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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Men's basketball: Crown’s 2nd half surge nips Golden Eagles 56-55

  • Crown's Anthony Di Loreto, a 7-foot-1 junior center, had a game-high 29 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
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  • Minnesota, Crookston Men's Basketball led the Crown College Storm by 11 points with 15 minutes to play Wednesday before the Storm stormed back and outscored the Golden Eagles 25-11 the rest of the way, winning 56-55.
     
    Crown College is a private Christian College in St. Bonifacius, Minn. that competes in Division III's Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.
     
    Crown's Anthony Di Loreto, a 7-foot-1 junior center, had a game-high 29 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
     
    Minnesota, Crookston was led by junior center Brandon Burns, who had 21 points. Senior forward Abdou Niang added 12 points and nine rebounds, while junior forward James Sparkman had eight points. Senior point guard Almir Krdzalic had six points and five assists.
     
    Crown College shot 59.5 percent from the field, while the Golden Eagles shot 46.7 percent from the field, including a blistering 71.4 percent from three-point land.
     
    The largest lead of the first half went to Minnesota, Crookston, who led by four at the half at 29-25. The lead changed seven times in the first half.
     
    Crown cut the deficit to two points about three minutes into the second half before Minnesota, Crookston went on a 9-0 run over two minutes to take its 11-point lead.
     
    Crown managed to tie the game with about seven minutes left at 47-47 and hit a three and a bucket in the paint to take a five-point lead. Crown would never trail in the final five minutes.
     
    The Golden Eagles suffer their first loss of the season, falling to 3-1. They will begin Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Saturday in Bemidji against Bemidji State. UMC will be on the road the following weekend at Duluth and St. Cloud.

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