Minnesota Crookston opens the 2018-19 season with a 2-1 mark.
The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team won soundly over Oak Hills Christian College 107-46 in a non-conference tilt at Lysaker Gymnasium Wed., Nov. 14. The Golden Eagles controlled the night out-scoring the Wolfpack 103-38 after the first five minutes of the game.
Minnesota Crookston opens the 2018-19 season with a 2-1 mark. The Golden Eagles are off to their best start since the 2013-14 season. Oak Hills Christian falls to 0-7 with Wednesday’s loss.
The Golden Eagles had five players score in double-figures guided by a career-high 22 points from Malcolm Cohen (R-Jr., G/F, Detroit, Mich.). Cohen added nine rebounds. Harrison Cleary (Jr., G, Oak Creek, Wis.) added 16 points, seven boards, and four assists. Ben Juhl (So., G, Clive, Iowa) and Brian Sitzmann (R-Fr., G, Savage, Minn.) each added 13 points. Chase Knickerbocker (Sr., G/F, Annandale, Minn.) chipped in 11 points and five rebounds.
In addition, Demarion Bariffe-Smith (Fr., G, Skokie, Ill.) had nine points on 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Bariffe-Smith knocked down his first three triples on the game. Aaron Hollcraft (Sr., G, Crookston, Minn.) added six points and four rebounds.
The Golden Eagles shot 38-of-68 from the field for 55.9 percent on the evening. Minnesota Crookston hit a program-best 18 three-pointers. Minnesota Crookston was 18-of-36 for 50 percent from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles were 13-of-21 from the stripe.
Minnesota Crookston dominated the glass 60-29 over Oak Hills Christian. The Golden Eagles spread the ball around well with 20 assists to 11 turnovers.
Gable Smith (R-Sr., F/C, Lodi, Wis.) added four blocked shots on the game.
Oak Hills Christian was led by Ronnie Jackson with 20 points on 7-of-18 from the field and 4-of-12 from behind the three-point line. Derrick Wright and Elijah White each chipped in six points.
The Wolfpack hit 17-of-66 from the field for 25.8 percent. Oak Hills Christian was 7-of-27 from beyond the arc, and 5-of-10 from the foul line.
Oak Hills Christian started out the game on 8-2 run propelled by three-pointers from Jackson and Phillip Harris. Minnesota Crookston responded with a 12-0 run to take the lead 14-8 following a Cleary trey. A free throw by Blake Dragt stopped the run but the Golden Eagles responded with a 19-0 run to widen their advantage to 33-9. The Golden Eagles went into the half up 49-19 on Oak Hills Christian.
The Golden Eagles controlled the second half, leading by as many as 64 points on a Sitzmann jumper with 29 seconds remaining. A three-pointer by Roman Konsella brought the Wolfpack deficit down to 107-46 at the final horn.
Minnesota Crookston hosts the Golden Eagle Basketball Classic this weekend. The Golden Eagles will take on Valley City State University Sat., Nov. 17 and Concordia College Sun., Nov. 18. Oak Hills Christian will also be participating in the Golden Eagle Basketball Classic.