Behind a torrid second half, St. Cloud State spoiled Minnesota Crookston men's basketball's Senior Day with an 89-77 win Saturday evening at Lysaker Gymnasium.
Harrison Cleary (Sr., G) and Malcolm Cohen (R-Sr., F) scored 24 points each for the Golden Eagles (11-17 overall, 7-15 NSIC), who ended the regular season on a two-game losing streak.
St. Cloud State nursed a multiple possession lead for most of the first half, building it to as large as 10 in the later stages. But Minnesota Crookston went into halftime down just 43-41, thanks to a 7-2 run sparked by Cohen hitting two 3-pointers.
Coming out of the gate in the second half, the Huskies couldn't miss. They took a 60-48 lead with 14 minutes to play, getting to the rim off the dribble at will, and kept their distance despite a seven-point spurt by Cohen.
SCSU then went on 16-6 run that ended with the Huskies in front, 84-63, with under five minutes to play. The Golden Eagles didn't go away, though, scoring nine straight points, but a Husky 3-pointer with 1:55 to play made it 87-72 and essentially ended things.
Minnesota Crookston shot 48.1 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range, but allowed 46 points in the paint and 22 points off turnovers as the Huskies used their athleticism to beat the Golden Eagles down the court. In the second half, St. Cloud State made 61.3 percent of its field goals.
UP NEXT: UMC, the sixth seed in the NSIC North, travels to Winona State on Wednesday for the first round of the NSIC Tournament.
The Warriors (17-11, 14-8) beat the Golden Eagles 80-66 on Jan. 17, and ended their season last year with a 80-67 win at the Pentagon in the NSIC Tournament quarterfinals.
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