ST. BONIFACIUS – The No. 5 seed Minnesota Morris men’s basketball team concluded its season with a 78-71 loss to No. 4 seed Crown in the UMAC Tournament Monday at the Wild Athletic Center. Senior Trey Heinsuis led the Cougars (10-16) with 22 points in his final appearance donning the Maroon & Gold.
Almost five minutes into the contest, Crown took a 13-6 lead over the Cougars, but Minnesota Morris battled back to take a 17-15 lead with 12:54 to play, as Jeffrey Halverson’s 3-pointer capped off the 11-2 run for the Cougars.
The score remained within four points until Timothy Wendel’s layup put Crown up six with 13 seconds to go in the first half to take a 39-33 lead into halftime.
During the first 20 minutes of play, Jeffrey Halverson recorded 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.
The second half continued to be a battle for both teams as the score remained within four points until 8:04 remaining.
The Cougars found themselves down nine with less than five minutes to play, but then went on a 6-0 run, which was capped off by a free throw from Heinsuis with 2:27 to go in regulation.
Following Heinsuis’ free throw, the two teams traded baskets and then Wendel put Crown up 69-64 on a pair of free throws with 1:34 to play.
Minnesota Morris cut the lead to four points on another free throw by Heinsuis with 1:22 to go at 69-65, but couldn’t get any closer.
Down the stretch, Noah Grove hit a 3-pointer with 5.5 seconds left to play in regulation to give him 15 points on the night and 1,500 for his career. He is the third Cougar in program history to eclipse 1,500 career points.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
ST. PAUL – Sophomore Justin Pearson has been named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, as announced by the conference office Monday. This is the second weekly award for Pearson this indoor season.
In the indoor regular season finale at the SDSU Last Chance meet last Friday, Pearson won the men’s 60-meter dash (7.07) and the 200-meter dash (22.60).
The Cougars will now head to Duluth, Minnesota, for the UMAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. The two-day meet gets underway on Friday, Feb. 22.