MINNEAPOLIS, Minn - The College of St. Scholastica proved to be too much to handle for the North Central University men's basketball team as they fell to the Saints 75-54 at home in Clark Danielson Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
The Rams came out of the gate early and made their presence known as they took a 9-2 lead after a made three-point bucket from Jared High. Both teams would trade baskets through the first half as St. Scholastica tied the game at 20-20 after a made basket from Aaron Olson. The Saints would continue to put the pressure on late in the first half as they built a six point lead after trailing early. The Rams fought back and tied the game at 31-31 after a layup from Jared High forcing a St. Scholastica timeout with a little over four minutes remaining in the first half. At the half the Saints led 37-33 as both teams went into the lockeroom.
Early in the second half the Saints built a ten point lead after a made layup by Jarod Wilken. The Rams would keep pace at a ten point deficit for most of the second half. Both teams traded baskets as the Rams would cut the lead to eight points multiple times before St. Scholastica would answer. With 7:33 remaining in the game St. Scholastica began to extend their lead as the Rams would go without a made basket for over five minutes down the stretch, ultimately losing pace with the Saints who would continue to add as time wound down on the clock.
Despite the hard fought game the Rams would fall to St. Scholastica by a 21 point margin. Jared High led NCU with 18 points going 7-for-17 from the field and 4-for-6 from behind the arc. Senior Joel Cline, who was honored before the game for scoring his 1,000th career point on the road at Bethany Lutheran College last week, would earn a double-double tonight as he added 14 points tonight with 11 rebounds as he went 4-for-9 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. AJ McGrew, who has battled injury for most of the year, made his presence known tonight with an 11 point game with eight rebounds.
The Rams will begin a road trip swing as their next three games will be away from Minneapolis as campus will be shut down on a Super Bowl break. NCU will take on Crown College on Saturday with tipoff slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. Live statistics and video feed will be made available and can be found on ncurams.com