MINNEAPOLIS - North Central men's basketball (4-9, 2-4 UMAC) fell to Northland College Lumberjacks (6-8, 3-3 UMAC) on Wednesday night, 79-68. In a game that saw seven lead changes the battle for the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) win was competitive. North Central shot better from the floor but the Lumberjacks outrebounded the Rams and committed fewer turnovers which were the downfall of the Rams comeback effort.
The Lumberjacks opened the game with a 9-2 run over the Rams. Back-to-back 3-pointers gave the Rams a 17-15 lead before the Jacks went on a 9-0 run giving them the lead, 27-19. The Jacks led 37-29 at the half. In the second 20 minutes the Rams had six turnovers in which the Jacks capitalized on to extend the lead.
CJ Lewis (Minneapolis, Minn./Kennedy) and Jared High (Buffalo, Minn./Buffalo) combined for 30 of the Rams total points with 15 points each. Joel Cline (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest) added 12 points and is 14 points away from 1,000 career points in a Rams uniform. Riley Loukinen (Little Falls, Minn./Little Falls) also added 12 points for the Rams offense.
North Central shot 25-of-48 from the floor (52.1 percent) and 6-of-13 from beyond the arc (46.2 percent) on the night.
The Rams will be back in action on Saturday, January 13 against The University of Wisconsin-Superior. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. at North Central University in The Clark-Danielson Gymnasium.