College basketball: UMD men hang on to victory
Minnesota Duluth built a 16-point lead in the second half but needed two Kyle Schalow free throws with 6 seconds to play and a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer to hang on for 72-69 NSIC victory over Upper Iowa on Saturday in Fayette, Iowa.
Brandon Myer of Superior scored 27 points on 11-for-18 shooting to lead the Bulldogs (7-9 overall, 4-7 NSIC). Mamadou Ngom added 16 points, while Sean Burns grabbed 13 rebounds.
Carson Parker led the Peacocks (10-11, 3-9) with 21 points but missed a 3-pointer at the horn that would have sent the game to overtime.
St. Scholastica 102, Crown 83
Collin Anderson's hot hand helped the Saints down the Storm in a UMAC tilt at Reif Gymnasium.
Anderson, a sophomore guard, connected on 11 of his 16 field-goal attempts, including 7 of 12 from beyond the arc, en route to a 31-point outburst. Twenty-four of his points came in the second half.
St. Scholastica (8-7 overall, 4-3 UMAC) won its fourth game in five tries while shooting 20 of 21 from the free-throw line.
Nate Weets and Brandon Newman added 15 and 13 points, respectively, for the Saints, whose bench totaled 48 points.
Timothy Wendel led the Storm (6-9, 2-5) with 33 points.
North Central 74,
Riley Loukinen nailed a 3-pointer with 9 seconds to play to break a tie game, spoiling the Yellowjackets' comeback from a 17-point halftime deficit in the UMAC game in Minneapolis.
UWS (4-13, 2-6) trailed 58-41 in the second half before going on a 25-7 run to take the lead on Vid Milenkovic's layup.
But Loukinen hit two free throws, A.J. McGrew hit a jumper to force a 69-69 tie and another jumper to take a 71-69 lead.
Colton Williams' layup tied the game with 39 seconds to play to set up Loukinen's game-winner. Williams scored a game-high 24 points on 10-for-15 shooting for UWS.
McGrew led the Rams (5-9, 3-4) with 19 points.
UMD 65, Upper Iowa 34
The Bulldogs won their fourth straight game thanks to a suffocating defense and the duo of Sammy Kozlowski and Taylor Schneider, who spearheaded an easy NSIC victory in Fayette, Iowa.
Kozlowski scored 16 points and collected five of UMD's 16 steals, while Schneider had 13 points and six swipes in the Bulldogs' 14th consecutive win over the Peacocks. UMD (11-4 overall, 8-3 NSIC) turned in its best defensive performance of the season, with the 16 steals registering as the program's highest tally since February 2013.
The Bulldogs outscored Upper Iowa (2-16, 0-12) 43-15 over the second and third quarters.
North Central 61
The Yellowjackets stayed perfect in UMAC play by coasting to a conference win in Minneapolis.
Hannah Norlin was 7-for-9 shooting and totaled 19 points for the Yellowjackets (12-4 overall, 8-0 UMAC), and teammate Hailey Kontny had 17 points, six rebounds and four steals.
UWS, winners of four straight, forced the Rams (3-9, 1-6) into 27 turnovers, which resulted in 34 points for the Yellowjackets.
St. Scholastica 64, Crown 47
Rashonna Thomas scored a team-high 13 points and Holly VanKempen notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Saints won the UMAC game at Reif Gym.
St. Scholastica (8-7, 4-3), which won for the fourth time in five games, led 20-12 entering the second quarter before the Storm (6-9, 2-5) worked their way back into it. Crown trailed just 45-41 entering the fourth, but the Saints outscored the visitors 19-6 over the final frame.
St. Scholastica was just 4 of 18 from 3-point range.