Allen scores 1,000th point as a Cougar
Cougar senior forward Phil Allen scoring his 1,000th career point against Presentation Thursday, but it wasn't enough as the University of Minnesota, Morris men's basketball team lost to the Saints 75-67.
The loss drops UMM to 3-2 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference and 4-9 overall.
They host North Central University tonight at the P.E. Center in Morris.
Despite outrebounding Presentation 39-22, the Cougars played catch up all night as the Saints pulled away time and again with key three-pointers.
Allen came into the game with 997 points. He notched the record-making basket near the 9:15 mark of the first half. The Clarissa native took a pass from Dan Fragodt on the elbow, faced the basket, drove down the right side, and, breaking through a set of flailing hands, dropped in an easy layup to join the 1,000-club.
In the first half, the Saints' roared out of the gate, opening with an 11-2 run. The Cougars tried to chip away at the lead, but Presentation answered each run.
UMM grabbed 10 offensive boards in the first half alone, but could not convert many of the extra shots earned off the glass. The Cougars shot just 32 percent in the first half and made only one of nine three-point attempts. They trailed 32-22 at halftime.
"Make the easy pass," coach Paul Grove told his players in the locker room. "I say it so much in practice that I can hear you saying that. But we need to make smart passes on the floor. Don't force anything."
The Cougars made a run early in the second half, but the Saints always had an answer. Sophomore Clay Fischer hit a three from the left corner to make it a 34-31 game. On the next possession, Presentation drained a three to push the lead back to six. Guard Kendall Proell then hit a trey from the top of the key to bring the Cougars within three again, only to have the Saints hit one on the next possession.
This ebb and flow continued until the 11:00 mark when a couple Cougar turnovers in succession resulted in Presentation baskets. From that point, the Saints ran their lead to double digits where it stayed until some late three pointers from junior Eric Dalbey left the final margin at eight points.
Dalbey led with 15 points. Allen added 10.
Proell pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.
The Cougars shot 43 percent for the game, but only 29 percent from beyond the arc.