UMC's record drops to 13-12, 6-10 NSIC.
Sioux Falls, S.D.—The University of Minnesota Crookston was looking to get their first true road win of the season at the University of Sioux Falls, but fell short 82-74.
A theme on the four game road-trip has been opponents getting off to fast starts and that continued with the Cougars.
The Cougars would get out to a 13-2 run, highlighted by a Drew Guebert pull-up three to put the Cougars up 10-2 early on in the second half.
Minnesota Crookston would put together a much needed run after the fast start from USF. In his first career start as a Golden Eagle, Malcolm Cohen (R-Jr., G/F, Detroit, Ill.) got the Golden Eagles started offensively with a jumper from the top of the key. That would be the start of a 6-0 run for the Golden Eagles.
Chase Knickerbocker (Sr. F, Annandale, Minn.) would come off the bench and provide Minnesota Crookston with a much-needed spark. The senior hit a three to cut the Cougars lead to 14-11 and after showed some emotion to get the team into a groove.
That emotion did indeed seem to work for the Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles would take a 23-21 lead midway through the first half after a Cohen corner three.
The Cougars would take a 44-37 lead into the halftime break.
Individually, Minnesota Crookston was led by Knickerbocker who poured in 12 points off the bench and Harrison Cleary (Jr. G, Oak Creek, Wis.) added nine. Javier Nicolau (Jr. C/F, Castellon, Spain) continued his strong play with five points in the first stanza.
As a team, Minnesota Crookston shot 51.7 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from the three point line.
The Cougars were led by Devin Green and Drew Guebert who scored 14 and 11, respectively.
The big stat in the second half was Sioux Falls had eight second chance points, compared to just three for Minnesota Crookston.
Sioux Falls would come out of the halftime break and fire on all cylinders. The Cougars would take a 57-43 early on in the second half.
The Golden Eagles would chip away slowly but surely at that 14 point Cougar lead. Cohen would get fouled on back-to-back three point shots and would go four out of six from the free throw line.
The Golden Eagles would take the lead on a pair of Cleary free throws at 58-57 midway through the second half.
The game would continue to be a back and forth affair, but the Cougars proved to be too much down the stretch for Minnesota Crookston, who handed the Golden Eagles their fourth straight loss, all coming on the road.
Minnesota Crookston had five guys in double figures, including Cleary with 18, which passed former Golden Eagle great Joe Hasz for sixth all-time in NSIC career scoring. Cohen scored 13, Knickerbocker added 12 and Nicolau and Brian Sitzmann (R-Fr., G/F, Savage, Minn.) each added 10.
Minnesota Crookston shot 48.2 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from the three point line. Minnesota Crookston had 12 turnovers on the night.
Minnesota Crookston is back in action next weekend in the friendly confines of Lysaker Gymnasium. The Golden Eagles will host Minnesota State University Mankato next Friday night starting at 7:30 p.m., and will welcome Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. on alumni day.