The University of Minnesota, Morris men's basketball team picked up two Upper Midwest Athletic Conference wins at home over the weekend. On Friday night the Cougars narrowly defeated Northland College 76-73. Saturday, the team defeated St. Scholastica 84-74. With the wins the Cougars improve to 3-6 overall and 3-1 in the conference.
Fans at the P.E. Center Friday night were treated to an intense battle between the Cougars and the Jacks from Northland College. The two teams battled back and forth throughout the game as neither team could get more than a six-point lead. In the end, the Cougars prevailed with a 76-73 conference win.
In the first half, both teams were shooting field goals at just over 40 percent, leading to a tied 31-31 halftime score. In the second half the Jacks had the shooting edge, hitting 14 of 26 (53.8 percent) field goals while the Cougars were only 13-of-33 (39.4 percent). The difference was at the free-throw line where the Cougars were 17-of-25 in the second half, compared to the Jacks at 8-of-16.
With 13 seconds to go, a Daniel Fragodt layup broke a tie to put the Cougars up 74-72. Northland cut the lead to 74-73 with a free throw.
Northland immediately fouled to send the Cougars to the line, where Clay Fischer was 1-of-2. Dan Fragodt made a final free throw with 0.9 seconds left for the final 76-73 score.
Four Cougars were in double digits in the scoring column. Dan Fragodt led the team with 19 points. Kendall Proell and Zach Meyer added 16 and 15 points, respectively. Joey Fragodt followed with 10 points.
Also scoring were Mitch Primus with nine, Kyle Bruns with four, and Fischer with one.
Both Daniel Fragodt and Proell were credited with four assists.
At the boards, Primus led the Cougars with eight rebounds. Bruns and Proell grabbed six apiece.
St. Scholastica 74
The Cougars picked up their second consecutive conference win Saturday afternoon with an 84-74 victory over the Saints.
The Cougars took the advantage early, leading 34-19 at halftime on 40 percent (12-30) shooting in the first 20 minutes. The Saints were only 6-of-24 (25 percent) in the first half. The Saints got on the board first, but the Cougars went on a 10-0 run to take a 10-2 lead. After the Saints cut the lead to 15-11, the Cougars went on an 11-0 run and led at halftime 34-19.
In the second half the Cougars shot at 45.2 percent, while the Saints' shooting improved to 48.6 percent. The Cougar lead remained in double-figures for the first six minutes of the second half, until the Saints started chipping away, but the Cougars stretched the lead back to 10 with 7:28 left to play. The Saints only got as close as seven the rest of the way as the Cougars went on to win 84-74.
The Cougars shot 42.6 percent for the game and out-scored CSS 28-6 on points off turnovers. The Cougars also had a 36-20 advantage in the paint.
St. Scholastica shot 39 percent for the game, but was 24-for-28 from the free throw line.
Four Cougars scored in double figures. Proell led the Cougars with 21 points, hitting eight of nine shots from the free-throw line. Danial Fragodt added 16 points. Bruns chipped in 15 and Meyer had 10 points.
qAlso scoring were Primus with nine, Fischer with six, Joey Fragodt with four, and Jamin Ivers with three.
Proell also led the team with six assists.
Dan Fragodt led the team with eight rebounds, while brother Joey grabbed seven.
Primus blocked six shots. Meyer was credited with three steals.