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College Basketball: Ridgewater shakes off rust to edge Itasca in OT

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GRAND RAPIDS -- Ridgewater opened its second half of the season by edging Itasca 73-63 in overtime Friday.

The game featured eight lead changes and four ties before the Warriors (6-6) outscored Itasca 13-3 in the extra period.

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"We were a little rusty," said Ridgewater coach Bob Knutson. "It took a while to get going and defensively we played extremely well. We are down to 10 players so we're a different looking team. We're looking for an identity."

Tyler Pendleton led a group of four Warriors that scored in double figures with 22 points. Cody Warner followed with 13, Neil Helgeson 11 and Jordan Schwarz 10. Warner also had 14 points and 4 blocks.

Itasca, which led 15-5 early, forced overtime after making a three-pointer and two free throws late in regulation. Eric Stark scored a game-high 25 points for the Vikings (4-9).

Ridgewater stays in Grand Rapids to play Mesabi Range at 1 p.m. today.

Ridgewater 73, Itasca 63

Ridgewater (6-6) 38 22 13 -- 73

Itasca (4-9) 35 25 3 -- 63

RIDGEWATER - 25-69 FG (8-25 3-pt); 15-26 FT; 53 rebounds; 19 fouls ... Scoring: Zak Pendleton 2, Neil Helgeson 11, Jamie Boonstra 7, Jake Rambow 1, Jordan Schwarz 10, Tyler Pendleton 22, Zach Henning 7, Cody Warner 13 ... 3-point shots: Helgeson 1, Boonstra 1, T. Pendleton 5, Henning 1 ... Rebound leaders: Warner 14, T. Pendleton 7, Jake Ruhland 5 ... Assist leaders: none ... Steal leaders: none ... Blocks: Warner 4, Helgeson 2

ITASCA - 22-69 FG (4-19 3-pt); 15-20 FT; 45 rebounds; 22 fouls ... Scoring: Jeromy O'Brien 10, Darion Patterson 12, Justin Bruk 2, Eric Stark 25, Kayde Lecouq 2, Nick Emanuel 2, Ryan Hutar 6, T Hurd 4 ... 3-point shots: O'Brien 2, Stark 2 ... Rebound leaders: Hutar 9, Hurd 9 ... Assist leaders: Patterson 5 ... Steal leaders: Stark 3 ... Blocks: Hurd 3

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