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Dreier 3-pointer at buzzer lifts Ridgewater men

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Dreier 3-pointer at buzzer lifts Ridgewater men
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- Tim Dreier sank a three-point shot from the wing as time expired to the Ridgewater Warriors to a 71-69 win over Riverland College on Wednesday.

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The Blue Devils had gone up 69-68 with seven seconds left when Edwyn Jensen made the front end of a 1-and-1. But he missed the second and Ridgewater got the rebound.

Guard Ty Colston hustled the ball downcourt and penetrated but dished back to Dreier set up behind the arc. The sophomore guard put only his second 3-point attempt of the game and it slashed the net as the horn went off.

Ridgewater, which didn't win a Southern Division game last year, went to 1-0 and 7-6 overall. They host the Gustavus Adolphus JV at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Freshman Cory Nietfeld led all scorers with 22 points for Ridgewater. Ben Moser added 11 as Coach Bob Knutson used 12 players and nine scored.

Ridgewater led at halftime 44-37 but fell behind by six, 66-60, with under five minutes to play as Ryan Barthles hit a couple of 3s on his way to 20 points to lead Riverland.

Nietfeld and Colston each made steals to rally the Warriors.

"I was really pleased with the way we kept our cool when we got down and let the defense make some big plays," said Knutson. "Nietfeld and (sophomore post) Travis Schultz (10 rebounds) really had big games.

Ridgewater 71, Riverland 69

Riverland (0-1, 3-10) 37 32 -- 69

Ridgewater (1-0, 7-6) 44 27 -- 71

RIVERLAND - 24-49 FG (8-19 3-pt); 13-22 FT; 44 rebounds; 14 fouls ... Scoring: Juan Wilborn 6-13 5-7 17, , Ryan Barthles 8-13 4-7 20, Mike Polis 4-12 2-6 10, Matt Kraft 3-6 4-4 12, , Edwyn Jensen 3-4 4-10 10 ... 3-point shots: Barthles 4, Kraft 2, Polis 2 ... Rebound leaders: Kraft 6, Jensen 10, Wilborn 8 ... Assist leaders: Wilborn 9 ... Steal leaders: Wilborn 2

RIDGEWATER - 30-77 FG (4-20 3-pt); 7-12 FT; 37 rebounds; 19 fouls ... Scoring: Tyrone Colston 2-10 0-1 4, Tim Dreier 2-5 2-2 7, Ben Moser 4-11 0-0 11, Derek Eisenchenk 4-8 0-0 8, Cory Nietfeld 10-19 2-3 22, Ralph Viana 4-6 1-4 9, Travis Schultz 3-9 0-0 6, Chad Mulder 1-3 0-0 2, Tom Boike 0-3 2-2 2, Travis Nordling 0-3 0-0 0 ... 3-point shots: Moser 3, Dreier 1 ... Rebound leaders: Nietfeld 6, Schultz 10 ... Assist leaders: Dreier 5, Nietfeld 6 ... Steal leaders: Nietfeld 4, Colston 2, Viana 2

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