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Cougar men split conference-opening weekend

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The University of Minnesota, Morris men's basketball team started conference play last weekend with a split at Bethany and Martin Luther.

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UM-Morris 91

Bethany 88

The Cougars led 42-28 at halftime, but needed an extra five minutes to pick up their first win of the season in a 91-88 overtime win over Bethany Lutheran.

It was the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference opener for both the Cougars and the Vikings.

The Cougars scorched the nets in the first half hitting 53 percent (17-32) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.

Bethany Lutheran, the pre-season No. 1 pick in the coaches' poll, out scored the Cougars 26-12 down the stretch to tie the game at 73-73 and force the extra period.

Daniel Fragodt finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals in 44 minutes of action.

Kendall Proell had a season- and career-high 19 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.

Jeremy Bosch had a career-high 17 points, Zach Meyer chipped in with 12 and Clay Fischer added 11.

Mitch Primus just missed his first career double-double with nine points and eight boards.

Also scoring were Kyle Bruns with six and Jamin Ivers with two.

Martin Luther 75

UM-Morris 61

Martin Luther College out scored the Cougars 28-24 in the second half on the way to a 75-61 win in UMAC college men's basketball in New Ulm Saturday.

The game was tied at 37 all at the break.

Meyer led the the way for UMM with 15 points, while Fragodt added 11 and eight rebounds.

Bruns and Proell had eight apiece, Primus had seven, Bosch and Fischer had five each, and John Hammer chipped in two.

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