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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Men's basketball: Golden Eagles shock No. 22 Huskies, fall to Bulldogs; NSIC Tourney on Wed.

  • It will face Minnesota State Wednesday in Mankato. The Mavericks are the top seed in the south, while the Golden Eagles are the last seed in the north.
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  • The Golden Eagles closed out their regular season with a shocking upset of nationally ranked St. Cloud State Friday in Crookston. The No. 22 Huskies were taken down 80-77 as Minnesota, Crookston won its first conference game of the season and its first ever win over the Huskies.
     
    On Saturday Minnesota Duluth edged the Golden Eagles 66-64.
     
    Minnesota, Crookston enters the conference tournament at 4-22 on the season and 1-21 in the NSIC.
     
    It will face Minnesota State Wednesday in Mankato. The Mavericks are the top seed in the south, while the Golden Eagles are the last seed in the north.
     
    UMC vs. SCSU
    No need to adjust your settings, folks. The Golden Eagles did, in fact, upset nationally ranked St. Cloud State 80-77 Friday in Crookston, shocking everyone in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
     
    The victory not only snaps a 20-game losing streak for Minnesota, Crookston, it is the first ever win in the school's history over St. Cloud State since the teams began playing in the mid-1990's.
     
    UMC improves to 4-21 on the season and 1-20 in the NSIC. The St. Cloud State Huskies, who are ranked No. 22 in the nation, drop to 19-6 overall and 15-6 in the NSIC.
     
    Junior guard Ashton Harrell (Houston, Texas) scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Golden Eagles on 8-of-9 from the field and 4-of-5 from beyond the arch.
     
    UMC would finish the game shooting 25-of-49 for 51 percent from the field. The Golden Eagles were on fire from three-point land on the night, hitting 10-of-19 for 52.6 percent led by Harrell’s four treys. Senior shooting guard Justin Rake (Petal, Miss.) recorded 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Senior point guard Almir Krdzalic (Sioux Falls, S.D.) added 10 points on the game.
     
    St. Cloud State was without star Theo Rothstein for the second-straight game. Damarius Cruz, a former UMC player who transferred to St. Cloud State, tallied 16 points. Nash Faulk, who came in averaging under four points per game, finished with 14 points and six rebounds, while Shaun Jensen chipped in ten points. The Huskies shot 27-of-61 for 44.3 percent from the field and 5-of-20 for 25 percent from beyond the arc.
     
    The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 20-10 at the 9:21 mark of the first half led by six points from Rake and four from senior forward Broderick Schmidt (Marion, S.D.). Minnesota, Crookston then stretched the lead to 32-13 with 5:27 left in the half, before taking a 40-28 lead into halftime.
     
    During the first half UMC's James Sparkman (R-Jr, F, Ypsilanti, Mich.) screamed in pain as he was going to the hoop with the ball. He suffered an injury that would see him go the training room and return in street clothes for the second half.
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    In the second half, the Golden Eagles led by as much as 16 (60-44) with 11:22 remaining in the game, but the Huskies climbed their way back and cut it to a seven-point deficit with 2:02 remaining.
     
    With just under a minute left, Jensen hit a jumper to cut it to six points. Following a pair of UMC free throwss, Niehaus knocked down a three for the Huskies, which cut it to five with 40 seconds left.
     
    After two missed free throws from Harrell, Faulk hit two free throws of his own to make it 76-73 with 34 seconds left. After a UMC free throw, a lay-up by Jensen would make it a two-point deficit. St. Cloud State again fouled, sending Krdzalic to the line where he hit one-of-two, but another quick Jensen lay-up would cut it to one with 12 seconds left. The Huskies would foul Rake, who was clutch in the final seconds, hitting both of his free throws to make it 80-77.
     
    The Huskies would miss threes from Faulk and Niehaus in the final seconds as the Golden Eagles hung on for the major upset.
     
    UMC vs. UMD
    Minnesota, Crookston tried to complete the sweep on the weekend but fell just short as Minnesota Duluth upended the Golden Eagles 66-64.
     
    The Golden Eagles were led on the night by their four seniors who would account for 47 of 64 points on the night. Krdzalic led the charge with 20 points while Harrell completed one of his best weekends as a Golden Eagle with 15 points. Schmidt tallied 12 points and seven rebounds. Rake added ten points while Niang finished with five points and six boards.
     
    UMC would finish the night shooting 25-of-55 for 45.5 percent and were 4-of-16 for 25.0 percent from three.
     
    Brett Ervin led the Bulldogs with 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Jake Hottenstine chipped in 14 points while Reece Zoelle would add 12. Jordan Reetz finished with 10 for the Bulldogs. UMD shot 24-of-40 for 60.0 percent on the night and was 4-of-9 for 44.4 percent from three.

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