MINNEAPOLIS, Minn - North Central University men's basketball (3-5, 1-1) dropped a tough Upper Midwest Athletic Conference matchup to Northwestern-St.Paul (2-5, 1-1) on saturday afternoon in Clark Danielson Gymnasium. The Eagles outlasted the Rams 70-58. NCU shot 36.2 percent from the field (21-for-58) as UNW shot 39 percent (23-for-59).
From the first tip the game proved to be a back and forth contest. UNW carried a narrow two point lead heading into the halftime break. NCU quickly tied it up at 31-31 shortly into the second half. Things remained tight as a CJ Lewis layup gave the Rams a lead at 42-40 with 14 minutes remaining in the game. With a little over eight minutes remaining in regulation, Anderson Bazile added a two point basket to give the Eagles a 49-44 advantage. Jared High and Joel Cline each added layups on two consecutive possessions to bring the Rams within one point at 49-48 with a little over seven minutes remaining.
An 11-1 run from the Eagles widened their lead as time continued to wear down. The Eagles ultimately pushed their advantage to twelve points as time ran out on the Rams in this hard fought contest.
The Rams were led offensively by Jared High as he scored 17 points with six rebounds. High shot 7-for-16 from the field while going 3-for-9 from three point range. Joel Cline added 13 points with nine rebounds and six assists. CJ Lewis and Riley Loukinen added 12 and 11 points respectively. Loukinen went a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc.
NCU will be back in action on Wednesday as they head to Duluth, Minnesota to take on St. Scholastica in another Upper Midwest Athletic Conference contest.