The Golden Eagles dropped a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games on the road this weekend. On Friday Minnesota Duluth topped Minnesota, Crookston 66-61, and on Saturday St. Cloud State beat the Golden Eagles 79-55.
The Golden Eagles fall to 3-4 on the season and 0-3 in NSIC play. They will return home next weekend to host Minot State Friday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. and Mary Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.
UMC at UMD
Minnesota, Crookston went toe-to-toe with Minnesota Duluth Friday night at Romano Gymnasium but ultimately came up just short losing 66-61 to the Bulldogs. UMC used strong defense, forcing 16 turnovers and shot 47.3 percent on the night. The Golden Eagles were led by 20 points from junior college transfer Brandon Burns (F, Baton Rouge, La.), who has led the Golden Eagles in scoring in five-out-of-six games this season. UMC was without senior point guard Almir Krdzalic (Sioux Falls, S.D.) on the night due to injury.
In addition to Burns, James Sparkman (R-Jr., F, Ypsilanti, Mich.) added 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting while senior guard Justin Rake (Petal, Miss.) added eight points, as did senior forward Abdou Niang (Dakar, Senegal) coming off the bench. Freshman guard Joseph Moorer (Los Angeles, Calif.), making only his second career start at the point guard spot for the Golden Eagles, had four points and five assists. The Golden Eagles had 14 turnovers on the night while forcing 16 for the Bulldogs. Sparkman led the Golden Eagles with three steals.
UMD out-rebounded UMC 40-24. The Golden Eagles were led on the boards by Sparkman and Niang, each with four rebounds.
The Bulldogs finished the game shooting 20-of-50 for 40.0 percent. Jake Hottenstine led the Bulldogs with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Three other UMD players scored in double-figures as Brett Ervin tallied 15, Reece Zoelle chipped in 12 and Callahan Skogman tallied 11.
UMD is in their first season under the guidance of Matt Bowen, who came over from Bemidji State University where he led the Beavers to a NSIC title last season.
UMC at SCSU
Minnesota, Crookston was unable to stop a hot-shooting St. Cloud State squad led by Theo Rothstein's career-high 30 points as they fell 79-55 to the Huskies. Rothstein, the brother of Golden Eagle women's basketball player Carly Rothstein, was 12-of-15 from the field for the Huskies who shot 30-of-50 for 60 percent from the field for the game.
UMC was led on the game by junior guard Ashton Harrell (Houston, Texas), who led the Golden Eagles in scoring for the second time this season with 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 shooting from the charity stripe. Burns added 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles finished the game shooting 18-of-40 for 45.0 percent for the contest. UMC out-rebounded St. Cloud State 24-23 for the game led by Burns' six boards. UMC was without Krdzalic for the second-consecutive game.
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In addition to Rothstein's performance, the Huskies were aided by Kevin Levandoski and Damarius Cruz, each who tallied 11 points on the night. In addition to shooting 60.0 percent from the field, St. Cloud State was 10-of-19 for 52.6 percent from beyond the arc led by 3 three-pointers apiece from Cruz and Rothstein. Chris Larson led the Huskies on the boards with six.