UMC sophomore guard Tim Lubke came off the bench against Mary and knocked down five threes for a team-high 15 points.
The Golden Eagles had the ball with 21 seconds remaining and down 52-51 to Mary Saturday in Crookston but a last second layup by senior point guard Almir Krdzalic (Sioux Falls, S.D.) was no good and follow-ups fell short as Mary survived.
Minot State beat Minnesota, Crookston 55-47 Friday in Crookston.
UMC sophomore guard Tim Lubke (St. Paul, Minn.) came off the bench against Mary and knocked down five threes for a team-high 15 points.
The Golden Eagles fell to 3-6 on the season and 0-5 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. They will return to action Jan. 4 and 5 with road games with MSU Moorhead and Northern State.
MiSU vs. UMC
The U of M, Crookston men's basketball team was unable to find the basket for the first six minutes of the second half. UMC's first field goal of the second half came at the 10:33 mark from Krdzalic.
The Golden Eagles were led by Krdzalic, who returned after missing the past two games due to a back injury and scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field. Junior forward James Sparkman (Ypsilanti, Mich.) added nine points including going 7-of-8 from the charity stripe on the night while junior guard Ashton Harrell (Houston, Texas) added seven points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field. Junior forward Brandon Burns (Baton Rouge, La.), the Golden Eagles' leading scorer this season, who came in averaging 15.9 points on the season, was held by the Beavers to six points and did not score until hitting a three-pointer with 4:21 left in the second half.
UMC finished the game shooting 16-of-45 from the field for 35.6 percent and 5-of-21 for 23.8 percent from behind the three-point line. They were 10-of-14 from the free-throw line. The Golden Eagles finished with 16 turnovers while forcing 14 for the Beavers. They were out-rebounded on the night 35-27. Senior forward Broderick Schmidt (Marion, S.D.) led UMC on the boards with eight while Sparkman added four.
Minot State finished the contest shooting 16-of-46 from the field for 34.8 percent and 4-of-18 from beyond the arc for 22.2 percent. The Beavers were led on the night by E.J. Williams with 12 points including going 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. Anthony Enriquez added 11 points while Adam Randall chipped in 10. Minot State was led on the boards by Chris East with nine while Josh Johnson added seven. Johnson, the Beavers' leading scorer, was held to four points on the night.
Mary vs. UMC
Minnesota, Crookston had an opportunity for a last second shot as Krdzalic attempted a lay-up with seconds left but the attempt and follow-ups would not go.
The Golden Eagles were led by Lubke, who came off the bench to drain 5-of-6 three-point attempts and finish with 15 points on the night. Krdzalic wrapped up a solid weekend with 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting while Sparkman and Burns each tallied seven points apiece. UMC finished the night shooting 20-of-50 for 40.0 percent and 9-of-19 from beyond the arc for 47.4 percent. The Golden Eagles also took care of the ball as they only had seven turnovers on the night.
UMC was narrowly out-rebounded by the tally of 28-24 by the Marauders Saturday night. Schmidt paced the Golden Eagles with six rebounds.
Mary was led by forward Alex Dorr, who went 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range to finish with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Marauders would finish the night shooting 21-of-42 for 50.0 percent from the field and 8-of-18 from beyond the arc for 44.4 percent. Jalen Jaspers chipped in 10 points for U-Mary.