The struggles continued for the Golden Eagles this weekend as their losing streak was extended to 21 games with road losses to Mary (77-63) on Friday and Minot State (88-55) on Saturday. Both squads have losing records this season.
Minnesota, Crookston falls to 3-21 overall and 0-20 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. It will host St. Cloud State Friday and Minnesota Duluth Saturday in the regular season finale.
UMC @ Mary
The Golden Eagles put up a strong second-half comeback bid but 12 first-half three-pointers by Mary was too much as the Marauders prevailed 77-63 in Bismarck, N.D. Mary improves to 4-19 (3-16) ending a 13-game losing streak that dated back to their first win over the Golden Eagles back in the middle of December.
The Golden Eagles were led by junior guard Ashton Harrell (Houston, Texas) finished with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles also got several strong performances off the bench including four three-points from sophomore guard Tim Lubke (St. Paul, Minn.), who recorded 14 points. Freshman point guard Joseph Moorer (Los Angeles, Calif.) came off the bench for nine points and three assists. The Golden Eagles shot 21-of-48 for 43.8 percent from the field and 9-of-22 for 40.9 percent from three-point land.
Mary was on fire from three, especially in the first half, as they finished with 14 threes, shooting 51.9 percent from beyond the arc for the game. The Marauders were led by Josh Turner's 20 points and nine rebounds. Turner had six treys on the game. Brandon Tyler added 17 points on the game with five three-pointers while Jalen Jaspers chipped in 16 and Marc Musungayi added 12. The Marauders finished the game shooting 29-of-59 for 59.2 percent from the field.
The Marauders out-rebounded the Golden Eagles 29 to 22 led by Turners' nine boards. Sparkman led the Golden Eagles with seven on the game.
The Marauders were again without leading scorer Alex Dorr for the game.
UMC @ MiSU
Minnesota, Crookston fell 88-55 to Minot State in Minot, N.D. in their final regular season road game of the season. Minot State controlled play from the onset as they connected on 15 three-pointers, led by five from Thomas Korf. Minot State improves to 10-14 (9-11 NSIC) with the victory.
The Golden Eagles were led by 14 points from junior forward James Sparkman (Ypsilanti, Mich.). Harrell scored double figures for the fourth-consecutive game, scoring 11 points. A.J. Barge (R-Fr., G, Carrollton, Ga.) put together one of his strongest performances as the football player turned hoopster scored double figures for the second time in three games with ten points. The Golden Eagles shot 19-of-50 from the field for 38.0 percent and 6-of-21 for 28.6 percent from beyond the arc.
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Minot State out-rebounded UMC 27-24 led by seven rebounds from Josh Johnson. The Golden Eagles were led by eight rebounds from senior forward Abdou Niang (Dakar, Senegal).
The Beavers had four players tally double figures including three players who connected on three or more three-pointers. Korf poured in 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc while Anthony Enriquez and Johnson also added 15 points. Enriquez was 3-of-6 from behind the three-point line. Eli Williams also hit 3 three-pointers and had 12 points on the night. Dominique McDonald dished out six assists on the game. The Beavers finished Saturday shooting 26-of-58 from the field for 44.8 percent and 15-of-29 for 51.7 percent from three.
UMC was without senior point guard Almir Krdzalic (Sioux Falls, S.D.) for Saturday's game.