Sunday, December 15, 2002
Cougar men clip Eagles wings and snap six game losing streak
By Brian Curtis
The University of Minnesota, Morris started strong, over came a cold second half and held off the Eagles of Northwestern College in a 79-75 win on Saturday at the P.E. Center and snapped their six game loosing streak.
The Cougars (2-6) came out of the blocks strong and shot 57% from the field in the first half and took a 47-40 lead into the locker room at the half.
UMM would build a 13-point lead late in the first half on a basket by David Holler (So. Chanhassen, MN) at 35-22, the biggest lead of the game with 6:48 left to play in the first half.
Minnesota, Morris would maintain a double-digit lead for most of the next four minutes before the Eagles cut the lead to four at 44-40 with 1:00 minute before halftime.
The Cougars got a big three-point basket from Eric Rohy (So. New Prague, MN) with seven seconds to play in the first half to put UMM up 47-40 at the break.
The second half saw eight lead changes and six ties.
The last tie was at 68-68.
After Northwestern took a one-point lead at 71-70, David Holler gave the Cougars the lead for good at 72-71 with 1:46 left to play in the game.
After a turn over by the Eagles, Adam Girtman (So. Prior Lake, MN) came up with the biggest basket of the game hitting his fifth three-pointer of the game to put UMM up 75-71 with: 52 seconds left in the game.
A steal by Jo Lang (Jr. Melrose, MN) led to a pair of free throws by Girtman to put the Cougars up 77-71 with: 22 seconds left and seal the win.
It was a tale of half for Minnesota, Morris. In the first half, the Cougars shot 57% from the field and in the second half, 36%. At one point late in the second half, UMM was shooting only 23% from the field. For the game the Cougars shot 45% (25-55) from the field.
The 79 points by the Cougars was a season high as was the 19 made free throws and attempted 30. The 19 assists was also a team high for the season.
UMM also tied a season low in turnovers with just 13.
Adam Girtman led the way for UMM with 22 points on 6-10 shooting from the field and 5-6 from down town, the sixth time he reached double figures this year. David Holler reached double figures in scoring for the seventh time with 15, Eric Rohy had 14 and Jon Lang tied a season high with 13. Kyle Thompson (So. Stillwater, MN) finished with a season high eight.
This was the first time this year the Cougars had four players reach double figures for a game.
Jeff VerSteeg led Northwestern (4-7) with 17.
The Cougars will play their final non-conference game of the year next Saturday December 21 when they take on the Mavericks of MSU-Mankato in Mankato. Tip off is at 7:00.