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Three Cougars hit double digits in loss to Valley City

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The University of Minnesota, Morris men's basketball team fell 61-51 to Valley City State on Tuesday, despite three Cougars scoring in double figures. 

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Brendon Foss led the way with 14 points, followed by Evan Reller with 12 and R.J. Dean with 11. 

Both teams struggled going a combined 39-of-109 from the field.

The Vikings put up 32 shots from three-point land, including 20 of their 26 first-half shots. They were also 10-of-12 from the foul line, compared to the Cougars who finished 8-of-15 from the line.

  Morris took the early lead going up 7-0 in the first two minutes of action. Valley City struggled in the early going as they made just three shots in the opening 6:30 of the game. Morris held the 14-11 lead midway through the first half. The Vikings tied the game at nine and again at 14, but the Cougars responded each time. UMM led 21-17 with 6:40 left in the first half before the Vikings went on a 9-0 run taking a 26-21 lead with 3:28 left. Foss hit a three pointer late in the half to cut the lead to two, but the Vikings responded with a three of their own taking a 33-28 lead into halftime.

Out of the break Foss converted on a layup and hit a three pointer to tie the game at 33. After a VCSU three pointer Dean hit a layup followed by one from Reller giving the Cougars a 37-36 lead. Reller hit another layup giving the Cougars a three-point lead with 16:33 left. The next eight minutes was a back-and-forth battle before Sekani Milligen hit a three pointer extending the Vikings' lead to 49-43 with 8:15 left. The three came in the middle of a 10-0 run that put the Vikings ahead 54-44 with 6:13 left. UMM cut the lead to five with 3:10 left on a layup from Dean, but were not able to get any closer as the Vikings pulled away late

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