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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Men's basketball: UMC's losing streak extended to 13 off weekend sweep

  • Minnesota, Crookston falls to 3-13 overall and 0-12 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
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  • After starting the season with three consecutive non-conference wins, the Golden Eagles have dropped 13 straight, including two this weekend to Upper Iowa and Winona State on the road. The Peacocks took Friday's game 78-51, while Winona State won Saturday 64-53.
    Minnesota, Crookston falls to 3-13 overall and 0-12 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
    "On Friday at Upper Iowa we had the lead basically all of the first half and Upper Iowa made good run before halftime," said UMC head coach Jeff Oseth. "We didn't play very well at all in the second half. Turnovers are the real problem.
    "We just don't have the guys that can put it in consistently," Oseth continued about his team's scoring. "We just can't score. Turnovers and not being able to score the ball have been the problem all season long. We don't have the one or two guys that you know can get you points."
    UMC senior forward Broderick Schmidt continues to sit out with a knee injury.
    "We'll find out little bit this week," Oseth said. "He saw the doctor last week and we'll gauge that today and throughout the week whether he'll be limited the rest of the way or what. It's hurting us on the defensive end more than anything because he's our best communicator."
    The Golden Eagles will look for that first conference win Friday, Jan. 25 when they host Northern Sate at 8 p.m. MSU Moorhead will come to Crookston Saturday for a game beginning at 6 p.m.

    UMC @ UIU
    Upper Iowa used a strong second half to upend Minnesota, Crookston 78-51 Friday night at Dorman Gymnasium in Fayette, Iowa. The Golden Eagles led 27-25 with about five minutes left in the first half but Upper Iowa outscored UMC 53-24 in the final 25 minutes of the game.
    The Golden Eagles were led by forward James Sparkman (R-Jr., Ypsilanti, Mich.), who had 13 points and six rebounds on the game. Sparkman was 5-of-9 from the field and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc. Junior forward Brandon Burns (Baton Rouge, La.) added nine points while junior guard Ashton Harrell (Houston, Texas) added eight points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field. UMC finished the game shooting 12-of-32 for 37.5 percent and 6-of-13 from beyond the arc for 46.2 percent. UMC was only 1-of-5 from three-point land in the second half after shooting 5-of-8 in the opening half.
    Turnovers plagued UMC in the game as the Golden Eagles finished with 21, led by six from Burns. UMC was also controlled on the boards as Upper Iowa won that battle by the tune of 37-24, led by seven rebounds from point guard Joey Woods.
    Upper Iowa finished the game shooting 33-of-60 for 55.0 percent. The Peacocks were 2-of-12 from beyond the arc for 16.7 percent. Five players scored double-figures, led by 13 points apiece from Jake Hughes and Tucker Wentzien. Hughes was 6-of-7 from the field for the Peacocks. Sam Elgin added 12 points, while Kierre Ogbonna came off the bench for 11 points and David Smith scored 10 points.
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    UMC @ WSU
    Winona State used a strong second half and unforced errors from the Golden Eagles to defeat UMC 64-53 Saturday night at McCown Gymnasium in Winona, Minn. The Golden Eagles put up a great first half leading by as many as six and going into the half down three to a strong Warrior team but were unable to put together two halves.
    The Golden Eagles were paced by Harrell, who had 15 points on 4-of-11 shooting including going 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. Senior point guard Almir Krdzalic (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and Burns each chipped in nine points for the Golden Eagles. UMC shot 20-of-53 for 37.7 percent from the field and were 6-of-17 for 35.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles out-rebounded Winona State 39-29 on the game led by ten boards from senior forward Abdou Niang (Dakar, Senegal) and eight rebounds from Sparkman.
    Winona State was paced by 21 points from Clayton Vette, an Iowa State transfer, who was 7-of-9 from the field. Xavier Humphrey and Taylor Cameron each added ten points. The Warriors finished the game shooting 21-of-50 for 42.0 percent from the field and were 8-of-22 for 36.4 percent from three.

    NSIC Standings
    Conf. O'all
    Minnesota State 8-1 12-1
    MSU Moorhead 7-2 13-2
    St. Cloud State 7-2 11-2
    Winona State 7-2 13-3
    Northern State 7-2 12-4
    Upper Iowa 7-2 11-4
    Augustana 6-3 10-3
    Bemidji State 5-4 7-6
    Southwest MN State 5-4 8-8
    Wayne State 4-5 10-5
    Minot State 3-6 4-9
    Sioux Falls 2-7 6-7
    Minnesota Duluth 2-7 4-9
    Mary 2-7 3-10
    Minnesota, Crookston 0-9 3-10
    Concordia-St. Paul 0-9 2-11
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