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A Brendon Foss layup with under thirty seconds completed a late game comeback as the Cougars (3-1) took down Gustavus Adolphus (3-1) 68-64. Minnesota Morris trailed 61-54 with just over seven minutes left in the game before outscoring the Gusties 14-3 to end the game. Morris shot 62.5% in the second half to overcome cold first half from the field.

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RJ Dean tied his career high with 20 points, shooting 7-12 from the field and 5-7 from the line. Dean also added six rebounds.

Foss had 13 points and five rebounds. Cody Emrick had 11 points. Evan Reller had nine points and five rebounds.

It was slow start for both teams; the game was tied at five with 14:29 left in the first half. A quick 7-0 run gave the Gusties a 12-5 lead at the 12 minute mark. Neil Helgeson scored four straight points for the Cougars cutting the lead to three, but Gustavus stayed ahead. Trailing 19-14 UMM picked up five straight points from Dean to tied the game at 19 with 3:39 left. Morris did not grab the lead until late in the half when Dean converted a layup with just over a minute left to grab a one-point lead 26-25. Gustavus got the lead back on a layup as time expired in the first half.

Out of the halftime break, the Gusties hit a three-pointer to take a four-point lead. Gustavus did a good job keeping the lead, much like the first half. The lead grew to as large as nine thanks to an 8-0 run forcing UMM to call a timeout. The Cougars cut the lead to six, but again Gustavus responded and took a 46-36 lead with 14:44 left in the game. The Cougars could only cut the lead to six on a couple occasions and still trailed by nine with 8:56 left.

Dean hit a jumper with 6:41 left to bring the Cougars within five 61-56. It became a one possession game after a layup by Reller with 4:48 left, but Gustavus converted a three-point play to take a 64-58 lead with 4:17 left. That basket would be the last point the Gusties would score in the game.

Minnesota Morris converted their own three-point play when Dean scored a layup and hit the free throw with 2:50 left. After a Gustavus turnover, Reller hit another layup making it a one point game with 2:10 left. Neither team scored again until Foss made a layup with 26 seconds left giving the Cougars a 65-64 lead. Foss hit one of two free throws with nine seconds left but Gustavus had a chance to tie when Isaac Trapp headed to the line with three seconds left for a pair of free throws. After missing the first free throw, he missed the second on purpose, but Reller secured the rebound and then hit both of his free throws with 1.7 seconds left to secure the 68-64 win.

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