Minnesota, Crookston was handed its 18th and 19th straight losses this weekend by Concordia-St. Paul Friday 88-66 and Minnesota State Saturday 93-55.
The Golden Eagles fall to 3-19 on the season and 0-19 in the conference. Minnesota State lead the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a 16-2 overall record and a 12-2 mark in the conference. Concordia-St. Paul is just ahead of the Golden Eagles in the standings at 4-14 overall and 2-12 in the NSIC.
Minnesota, Crookston will go back on the road next weekend to face Mary and Minot State.
Senior point guard Almir Krdzalic (Sioux Falls, S.D.) is inching toward the school record for career assists. Heneeds just 30 assists and will have five guaranteed games remaining, including the first round of the NSIC Tournament. Lee Roberts holds the record currently with 298 assists.
UMC @ C-SP
Minnesota, Crookston struggled to get going Friday from the onset of their game against Concordia-St. Paul. The Golden Bears were the 11th team this season to shoot over 50 percent against UMC and pick up a victory. Concordia-St. Paul finished Friday shooting 55 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from three-point range with ten three pointers.
Junior guard Ashton Harrell (Houston, Texas) remained in the starting line-up for the second-straight game and led the Golden Eagles with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting Friday night. Sophomore guard Tim Lubke (St. Paul, Minn.) came off the bench for eight points including two three-pointers while Krdzalic and junior forward Brandon Burns (Baton Rouge, La.) each tallied seven points. On paper, the Golden Eagles played a solid game as they shot 27-of-60 for 45.0 percent and 6-of-17 for 35.3 percent but were unable to make opportune baskets and the Golden Bears were.
UMC won the rebounding battle on the night 33-32 led by six rebounds from Harrell. Cordell Smith paced the Golden Bears with six rebounds.
Concordia-St. Paul had two players score over 20 points led by Cole Olstad’s 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field including 4 threes while Terez VanPelt added 24 points including 3 threes. Mike Yahnke came off the bench for the Golden Bears for 10 points. The Golden Bears were 33-of-60 for 55.0 percent and 10-of-22 for 45.5 percent from trey.
UMC @ MSU
Minnesota State, ranked No. 5 in the nation, made quick work of Minnesota, Crookston Saturday. The Mavericks used a second half where they out-scored the Golden Eagles 48-26 in the second half.
The Golden Eagles were led Saturday by 14 points from Harrell on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. A.J. Barge (R-Fr., G, Carrollton, Ga.), who is also the quarterback for the UMC football team, came off the bench for a career-high 12 points. James Sparkman (R-Jr., F, Ypsilanti, Mich.) rounded out UMC’s double-figure scorers with ten. The Golden Eagles shot 19-of-56 for 33.9 percent and were 4-of-20 for 20.0 percent from three.
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Minnesota State out-rebounded UMC 47-22 on the night led by eight rebounds from Assem Marei.
The Mavericks were led by Marei’s 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Zach Romashko added 16 points and Jarvis Williams tallied 11. Minnesota State shot 36-of-65 from the field and were 8-of-19 from three-point range for 42.1 percent.