ABERDEEN, S.D. – The UMN Morris men’s basketball team (4-7) opened up the 2020 calendar year with an 81-74 victory over Presentation Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Dillon Haider led the way with 24 points.

The Cougars jumped out to a 14-6 lead over Saints almost five minutes into the game.
After the Saints brought the score within one at 17-16, the Cougars then went on an 8-0 run to take a 25-16 lead. In the closing minutes of the first half, Presentation overcame a nine-point deficit to take a 35-34 lead into halftime.

second half saw the Saints build an eight-point lead at 56-48 with 12:31 to play in regulation. The Cougars were able to battle back and take the lead at 65-64 with 6:52 to go in the second half.

With the score tied at 71-all late in the game, Jaret Johnson put the Cougars up by two with 3:21 to play in regulation. UMN Morris made four free throws down the final seconds of the game to secure the 81-74 victory.

Haider was 6-of-9 from 3-point range, along with Haider, Nick Peterson (17 points), Kenneth Riley (15 points) and Blake Martinz (11 points) all scored double-figures.
Peterson led the Cougars with six rebounds. Trent Jerome tallied four assists to lead the Cougars.

The Cougars are on the road in Mankato, Minnesota, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 5:30 p.m. against Bethany Lutheran.

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The UMN Morris women’s basketball team (7-4) cruised past Presentation, 96-52, in a non-conference contest Saturday afternoon. Four Cougars scored in double-figures on the day.

The Cougars opened the game outscoring the Saints, 11-3, and then took a 24-15 lead into the second quarter. With two quarters of play in the books, UMN Morris held a 41-26 lead over the home team.

During the third quarter, the Cougars built their lead to 35 points over the Saints, and led by 32 at 68-36 with one quarter to go.
The Cougars capped off the 96-52 victory outscoring the Saints by 12 in the fourth quarter.

Mia Wassink paced the Cougars with 15 points and eight rebounds, Lexus Eagle Chasing and Abby Van Kempen each tallied 14 points. Along with her 14 points, A. Van Kempen secured nine rebounds. Haley Wollschlager finished the game with 11 points.

The Cougars outscored the Saints, 24-4, on points off of turnovers.
The Cougar bench outscored the Saint bench, 35-5.

The Cougars are on the road in Mankato, Minnesota, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 7:15 p.m. against Bethany Lutheran.


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