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Balance scoring leads Cougars past Comets

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The University of Minnesota, Morris men's basketball team picked up their fourth straight win thanks to a balanced scoring effort, beating Mayville State 80-75 on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Five Cougars scored 12+ points on the night and shot 54.4 percent from the field as a team. The starting five shot 22-43 from the field in the contest.

RJ Dean and Neil Helgeson each had 14 points to lead the team in the win over MSU.

Evan Reller added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Brendon Foss and Tyler Pendleton each had 12 points to round out the players in double figures.

Cody Emrick ended the game with nine points as these six previously mentioned players contributed 74 of the Cougars 80 points in the game.

Despite being out rebounded by 10, and giving up 18 offensive rebounds, the Cougars outshot Mayville by nearly 10 percent on the night.

It was a tight first half, but thanks to one more made field goal from the field UMM held a 42-40 lead into the half. Dean had 10 of his 14 points in the first half. Morris was 5-10 from three point land in the opening twenty minutes.

In the second half UMM, shot 56 percent from the field and 7-10 from the foul line to stay ahead of the Comets.

Both Pendleton and Reller each had nine points in the second half to help the Cougars pick up the victory on Tuesday night. UMM held Mayville State to 3-15 shooting from three in the second half.

The Cougars will now host Presentation College on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

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