The Golden Eagles will return home next weekend for games against Northern State and MSU Moorhead at Lysaker Gymnasium.

The University of Minnesota Crookston men's basketball team dropped a pair of road games this weekend, falling 65-51 to Wayne State Friday in Wayne, Neb. and losing 79-61 to Augustana Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D.

UMC dropped its eighth straight and falls to 4-10 on the season and 1-9 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The Golden Eagles will return home next weekend for games against Northern State and MSU Moorhead at Lysaker Gymnasium.


Despite leading at the half, UMC fell to Wayne State 65-51 after a strong second half for the Wildcats. Wayne State controlled play in the second half after a solid first half for Minnesota Crookston. The Wildcats out-scored UMC 37-22 in the second frame.

Minnesota Crookston was led by the play of senior forward Brandon Burns (Baton Rouge, La.), who finished with 21 points on 9-of-21 shooting from the field with three treys on the game. Burns also had five rebounds on the game. Junior forward Tyler West, Jr. (Portland, Ore.) had a near double-double of nine points and nine boards and also added four assists. The Golden Eagles shot 22-of-57 from the field for 38.6 percent and were 6-of-22 for 27.3 percent.

The Wildcats were led by 15 points from Ryan Rolfzen, including three treys, while Jared Bartling had 15, as well. Adol Aluong and Damjan Sredanovic each had nine.

The Golden Eagles went into the break with a 29-28 advantage after a strong first half from Burns, who had 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. Wayne State would outscore UMC 37-22 in the second half in order to take down the Golden Eagles Friday.

UMC @ Augie

The Golden Eagles were on fire from beyond the arch Saturday night but ultimately fell short of Augustana 79-61. UMC hit nine threes on the night for 52.9 percent but had 15 turnovers compared to just five for the Vikings.

The Golden Eagles finished the game shooting 20-of-47 for 42.6 percent while hitting 8-of-17 of their threes and 12-of-15 of their free throws. West led the team with 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting and added six boards. Junior guard Tim Lubke (St. Paul, Minn.) would connect on four threes for 12 points while sophomore guard Derrick Redd (Menifee, Calif.) added eight points. Junior guard Kevin Larson (New Ulm, Minn.) finished with a solid stat line of seven points, five boards and four assists while junior guard Sam Howell (Seattle, Wash.) came off the bench for seven points.

Augustana was led by 19 points on 5-of-12 shooting from sophomore Daniel Jansen. Casey Schilling added 18 points and eight boards while Devin Gilligan came off the bench for 12.