UMC will host Bemidji State Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Minnesota, Crookston was swept on the weekend in Crookston with Wayne State winning 66-41 Friday and Augustana prevailing 70-64 Saturday. The losses drop the Golden Eagles to 3-10 on the season and 0-9 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
UMC was without normal starter Broderick Schmidt (Sr., F, Marion, S.D.). Schmidt missed the games with knee issues. He is scheduled to go to the doctor this week to figure out more about his knee troubles.
"It all started on Tuesday when we lost Broderick to a knee injury," said Golden Eagle head coach Jeff Oseth. "He's our leader, our best defender and our best communicator. That derailed us Friday. We had a terrible practice Wednesday and Thursday. Our Achilles heel has been putting the ball in the basket. Wayne is a good defensive team and they forced us into 20 turnovers.
"Augie got off to good lead, but we kept clawing back," coach Oseth continued. "The difference was we made some shots. Brandon Burns finally got going again and we had some guys put the ball in the basket. We rebounded pretty well too. Even when things weren't going our way we bounced back and we didn't do that Friday night."
Coach Oseth explained how important it is for the upperclassmen to step up.
"This league is a senior dominated league," he said. "You don't see many youngsters getting time. You need your seniors to step up and we've been talking to the guys about that. It was good to see Justin (Rake) make some shots, Al (Krdzalic) finish some plays and Brandon (Burns) get going. Only thing we're consistent at is being inconsistent. Hopefully we'll continue shooting well; we'll see Tuesday."
Golden Eagle starting football quarterback A.J. Barge (R-Fr., G, Carrollton, Ga.) made his men's basketball debut Friday night as he scored four points in five minutes off the bench. Barge just joined the team this semester. He suited up last weekend but did not appear in either of the two games.
UMC will host Bemidji State Tuesday at 8 p.m.
UMC vs. WSC
The Golden Eagles had a decent night from the field, shooting 44.1 percent (15 of 34). In addition, they were 9 of 11 from the charity stripe. However defensive woes would cripple UMC as Wayne State finished the night shooting 19 of 35 from the field for 54.3 percent and 57.9 percent from beyond the arch. The Wildcats also had a lot of attempts from the free throw line as they connected on 17 of 26.
UMC was led on the night by eight points from senior forward Abdou Niang (Dakar, Senegal), while junior guard Ashton Harrell (Houston, Texas) chipped in seven points and forward James Sparkman (R-Jr., Ypsilanti, Mich.) and senior guard Justin Rake (Petal, Miss.) each added six points on the night. The Golden Eagles were led on the boards by Niang, who had five, but were ultimately out-rebounded by the Wildcats by a tally of 21 to 20. The Golden Eagles were also hampered by turnovers on the night with 21 overall.
Wayne State was paced by 18 points from Ryan Rolfzen off the bench. Rolfzen helped ignite a Wayne State attack that drained 11 threes. Derrell Williams added ten points on the night while Ty Bauschek chipped in nine points on three threes. The Wildcats were led on the boards on the night by six rebounds from guard Amry Shelby.
The Golden Eagles went into the half down 12 points (32-21) but would be out-scored 34-21 in the second half.
UMC vs. Augie
Minnesota, Crookston led Augustana in the first half but were unable to come up on the winning side of things as they fell in a narrow battle
UMC put together a strong shooting night as they went 25 of 54 for 46.3 percent from the field. In addition, the Golden Eagles were on fire from beyond the arch as they connected on 10 of 26 for 38.5 percent.
A trio of players paced the Golden Eagles led by 18 points apiece from freshman forward Brandon Burns (Baton Rouge, La.) and senior point guard Almir Krdzalic (Sioux Falls, S.D.). Burns was 6 of 12 from the field and 4 of 6 from three-point land. Krdzalic was 7 of 12 from the field and 3 of 6 from beyond the arch. Rake tallied 17 points to round out UMC's double-figure scoring. Rake connected on 3 of 7 threes.
The Golden Eagles narrowly out-rebounded the Vikings 31-30. Sparkman paced UMC with seven rebounds, while Niang and Burns each added four.
The Vikings finished the game shooting 24 of 53 for 45.3 percent and 5 of 16 from beyond the arch for 31.3 percent. Augustana had four players score double figures led by senior guard Cameron McCaffrey's 19 points. Alex Richter added 17 points while freshman posts Daniel Jansen and Zach Huisken each added 10.