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Eagles pull away to defeat Morris men

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The Northwestern Eagles came from behind to take an 81-72 win over the University of Minnesota, Morris men's basketball team Friday in the P.E. Center.

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The Cougars matched the Eagles in the first half shooting 51.6 percent from the field and were 7-of-11 from the three-point range. Northwestern was 13-of-25 from three-point range as six players hit a trey.

Ben Hoidal was 5-of-5 from the field, including three three pointers, finishing with 13 points. Evan Reller also had 13 points, as he shot 6-of-8 from the field. Steve Birman had a team-high 15 points. R.J. Dean had 10 points and seven rebounds.

UMM jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first half and led by as much as nine before the Eagles got back in the game at 12-11. The Cougars pulled away once again and led by as much as 10 at 33-23 with 4:45 left in the first half. Northwestern used a 12-4 run to draw within two before Hoidal hit a three pointer with a half minute left to give the Cougars the 40-35 lead at halftime.

Minnesota Morris held the lead through the first six minutes of the second half, but then the Eagles went on a run to take a 72-57 lead thanks to a 28-9 run. The Cougars were unable to get back in the game as the Eagles pulled away and led 79-62 with 1:51 left. UMM finished on a 10-2 run but ran out of time falling 81-72.

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