MORRIS – Sophomore Dillon Haider hit seven 3-pointers and junior James Pendleton recorded a triple-double as the UMN Morris men’s basketball team (2-3) defeated the Presentation Saints (1-7), 90-68, Tuesday night at the Cougar Sports Center.
Haider recorded the first points of the evening on a 3-pointer as the Cougars went on an 11-2 run to open the game.
With 9:35 remaining in the first half, Kenneth Riley hit a 3-pointer to bring the Cougar lead to 21 points at 27-6. At the buzzer of the first half, Nick Peterson connected on a 3-pointer to give the Cougars a 42-29 lead heading into break.
The Saints brought the game to within nine points at 49-40 with 15:42 to play in regulation, but the Cougars responded with an 11-0 run to take a 20-point lead. With 6:47 to go in the second half, Haider hit a 3-point to give the Cougars their largest lead of the game at 78-49.
Pendleton finished the evening with 16 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds for a triple-double.
Haider was 7-of-10 from 3-point range, and recorded 27 points on the night, Riley scored 15 points, while Ian Carlin had 10 points of his own.
The Cougars finished the game shooting 15-of-37 from 3-point range. Haider’s seven 3-pointers are the most since Noah Grove made seven on Jan. 28, 2017, against Bethany Lutheran.
MORRIS – Senior Mia Wassink scored a season-high 18 points and three other Cougars scored at least 10 points as the UMN Morris women’s basketball team (2-3) defeated Presentation (1-6), 71-62, Tuesday night at the Cougar Sports Center.
After the two teams traded baskets early on, the Cougars held a 20-14 lead with 2:53 to play in the first quarter, but Presentation was able to cut the lead to one heading into the second quarter.
The second quarter saw the two teams continue to keep the game close as there were five lead changes during the final 2:38 of play. With the first 20 minutes in the books, the Cougars led the Saints, 34-33.
With 7:06 to play in the third quarter, the Cougars went on a 10-1 run over a five-minute stretch to take a 50-40 lead over the Saints. During the fourth quarter, the Cougars went on another 10-1 run as they took a 70-53 lead with 3:15 to play in regulation.
Along with her 18 points, Wassink secured eight rebounds, Lexus Eagle Chasing had 14 points, while Haley Wollschlager scored 13 points and Abby Van Kempen tallied 11 points.
Van Kempen led the Cougars with nine rebounds. She also had three blocks and four steals.
The Cougars were 13-of-14 from the free throw line in the second half, and 20-of-24 overall. UMN Morris secured a season-high 46 rebounds and blocked a season-high nine shots.