The University of Minnesota, Morris outscored Trinity Bible 52-28 in the paint on Tuesday night as the Cougars pulled away late to win 94-71.
Brendon Foss had a double-double game to lead the team with 20 points and 17 rebounds, a career high in rebounds. Evan Reller added a double double as well with 13 points and 12 rebounds for his career high in rebounds as well.
Three other Cougars were in double figures. Ben Hoidal had 20 points coming off the bench. R.J. Dean had 14 and Jordan Gieske had 10.
Minnesota Morris had 28 offensive rebounds as they outscored Trinity 28-4 in second-chance points. The Cougars started the game on a 14-2 run after giving up the first two points. Trinity cut the lead to six at 18-12, but the Cougars responded by scoring seven straight points to take a 25-12 lead with 8:30 left in the half. The lead would grow to as much as 15 in the first half as Reller converted a layup with just under four minutes left in the half. Trinity cut the lead to five, but UMM responded by ending the half on a 7-2 run and taking a 41-31 lead into the break.
Trinity tried to pull a second-half comeback and cut the lead to seven at 45-38, but Morris proved too tough and once again pulled away. Foss hit a layup with 15:58 left in the game to put UMM up by 11 at 49-38. After his layup the Cougars never let the Lions get within single digits as UMM pulled away over the final 11 minutes and picked up the 94-71 win.
Morris is off until Friday night when they take on Martin Luther on the road at 7:30. The Cougars will then be in Mankato to take on Bethany Lutheran at 5 p.m. on Saturday evening