MORRIS, Minn. – A trio of Cougars received All- Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) nods Thursday. Defensive Lineman Nathan Gehlen, Linebacker Marcos Luna and Punter Drew Shipley represent Minnesota Morris on the squad with Gehlen earning the lone First Team honor.
A senior from Woodbury, Minn., Gehlen led the team in three defensive categories, recording five blocked kicks, 15.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. His five blocked kicks also were best in the country. Gehlen will leave the program as the school’s All-Time leader in blocked kicks (6) and tackles for loss (43.5).
A junior from Minneapolis, Luna tallied 73 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and was second on the team in sacks with 3.5 to earn a nod as a Second Team linebacker. He also led the team in both forced fumbles and fumbles recovered with four.
Although he missed the final game of the season due to injury, Shipley had another big year kicking the football, earning his second nod to the All-Conference team as a special teams ace. He finished third in the conference with a 37.4 average and was tied for third with 11 punts inside the 20. Shipley also finished third in punts over 50 yards with five. He had a long of 62 this season and was also a UMAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in the season opener against UW-River Falls
MORRIS, Minn. – After a 95-54 loss to a tough Saint John’s squad, the Minnesota Morris men’s basketball team needed to recoup and refocus for the home opener against Concordia College (Minn.) Thursday night.
While it was a battle early, Senior Noah Grove took over and the Cougars never looked back.
Leading all scorers with 19 points, Grove and the Cougars halted a late comeback attempt by Concordia to secure the first win of the season 81-80 on Jim Gremmels Court inside the PE Center.
The Cougars and Cobbers traded blows back-and-forth before Grove’s free throws attempts gave Minnesota Morris the much-needed momentum to build a comfortable seven-point lead with just over three minutes remaining in the half. The Cougars finished the first half with a 10-1 run to extend the lead to 44-36 at the half.
The deciding factor in the game was the play at the charity stripe. Led by Grove’s perfect 7-for-7 showing, the Cougars shot 15-for-18 at the stripe while only surrendering three attempts in the first half. In fact, for the game, the Cougars went 30-36 from the line while the Cobbers made only completed on three of their eight visits. For much of the second half, Minnesota Morris maintained a double-digit lead, with the closest Cobbers deficit being eight points.
That was when Concordia started to heat up from beyond the arch.
Connecting on seven shots from three-point land, the Cobbers were able to but the Cougars lead to four (75-71) with just over a minute left to play in the contest. After shooting 4-of-12 from three-point territory in the first half, Concordia connected on 7-of-their-12 attempts in the second half. Leading the Cobbers comeback was Collin Larson and Cal Wright. Larson was 4-for-7 from beyond the arch while Wright went 4-for-6.
However, James Pendleton’s five successful attempts from the free-throw line provided the Cougars with a six-point cushion. Pendleton went 5-for-6 at the line and 4-of-7 from the field for 13 points on 32 minutes. A Grove free throw with just four seconds remaining would give Minnesota Morris the deciding blow, despite Wright’s three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Cougars (1-0) will travel to Grand Forks, N.D. Saturday to face the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks in an exhibition game inside the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
Tip-off is set for 3 P.M.