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Men's basketball: Mesabi Range top Warriors at Itasca Invite

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Men's basketball: Mesabi Range top Warriors at Itasca Invite
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

GRAND RAPIDS — There were no buzzer-beaters in Ridgewater-Mesabi Range Part II Friday afternoon.

Mesabi Range used marksmanship shooting in the first half to build an 18-point lead at intermission and went on to drub the Warriors 83-62 in an inter-MCAC game at the Itasca Invite.

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Ridgewater sophomore guard Zak Pendleton made a runner in the lane as time expired on Nov. 16 in Willmar to give the Warriors a 54-53 win over the Norsemen. Pendleton was held to just three points — a first-half trey — Friday after leaving the game in the first half with a strained back.

Mesabi Range (6-6) was 18-for-29 (62 percent) from the field, including a red-hot 7-for-8 from beyond the arc, in the first half to race to a comfortable 50-32 lead. The Norsemen cooled off in the second half, but Ridgewater (6-6) also shot worse from the field in the second half, going 11-for-31 after shooting 13-for-35 in the first 20 minutes of play.

“They shot the ball so well,” Ridgewater coach Bob Knutson said. “I was pretty pleased with the way we played, but we just didn’t shoot it like they did.” 

Terrance Lockett paced the Warriors with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Beau Herrig followed with 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Jake Rambow produced another 14 points. No other Warrior collected more than 4 rebounds.

Cavan Stackpool’s six 3-pointers and game-high 24 points ignited Mesabi Range, who had three other players score in double figures.

The Warriors play another game at the Itasca Invite today at 5 p.m.

Mesabi Range 83, Ridgewater 62

Ridgewater (6-6)    32 30 — 62

Mesabi Range (6-6)    50 33 — 83

RIDGEWATER – 24-66 FG (9-28 3-pt); 5-11 FT; 32 rebounds; 16 fouls … Scoring: Zak Pendleton 3, Neil Helgeson 5, Terrance Lockett 17, Jake Rambow 14, Jordan Schwarz 2, Beau Herrig 16, Jeremy Olson 2, Cameron Edmonds-Halvorson 3 … 3-point shots: Pendleton 1, Helgeson 1, Lockett 3, Rambow 3, Edmonds-Halvorson 1 … Rebound leaders: Herrig 15, Lockett 4 … Assist leaders: Lockett 3, Rambow 3, Zach Henning 3 … Steal leaders: Lockett 3, Herrig 2

MESABI RANGE – 32-61 FG (11-18 3-pt); 8-11 FT; 41 rebounds; 16 fouls … Scoring: LaQuan Bates 2, Frank Gutierrez 16, Jordan Villebrun 12, Davin Green 7, Cavan Stackpool 24, Bacarius Dinkins 11, Rondell Brumby 8, Travis Kunnari 3 … 3-point shots: Villebrun 1, Green 1, Stackpool 6, Brumby 2, Kunnari 1 … Rebound leaders: Dinkins 9, Gutierrez 8, Brumby 6, Villebrun 5 … Assist leaders: Gutierrez 4, Green 3 … Steal leaders: Brumby 2 … Blocks: Dinkins 3

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