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Men's basketball: Norsemen edge Warriors

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Men's basketball: Norsemen edge Warriors
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WILLMAR — Ridgewater let Mesabi Range gain valuable momentum late in the first half, then came up short at the end, falling 77-73 in a back-and-forth MCAC game Friday that featured 12 lead changes.

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“We let one slip away again,” said Warriors head coach Bob Knutson. “There were a lot of momentum swings. We didn’t get back in transition and they were able to run the floor.”

Ridgewater, now 2-3 overall, play Vermilion at 3 p.m. today at the Ridgewater gym.

On Friday, the Warriors built the game’s largest lead at 32-19 late in the first half. But the Norsemen outscored Ridgewater 12-4 to pull within five at 36-31 at halftime.

The Warriors were never able to warm up their shooting hands while Mesabi Range shot relatively well. Ridgewater hit just 37 percent from the floor while the Norsemen hit 51 percent overall and 53 percent in the second half.

Ridgewater’s Terrance Lockett scored 17 points and Kiree Robinson had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Beau Herrig finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Mesabi Range 77, Ridgewater 73

Mesabi Range    31 46 — 77

Ridgewater         36 37 — 73

MESABI RANGE – 29-57 FG (7-21 3-pt); 12-20 FT; 29 rebounds; 20 fouls … Scoring: Jordan Villebrun 2, Bacarius Dinkins 16, Jamal Branco 17, Cade Stackpool 6, Devin Brown 11, Kenneth Delley Jr. 18, Henry Hellmann 3, Juan Love 4 … 3-point shots: Branco 2, Stackpool 1, Brown 3, Hellmann 1 … Rebound leaders: Branco 6, Delley 6 … Assist leaders: Branco 7 … Steal leaders: Dinkins 4, Branco 4

RIDGEWATER – 27-73 FG (5-21 3-pt); 14-20 FT; 47 rebounds; 18 fouls … Scoring: Kiree Robinson 14, Melvin Kromah 8, Terrance Lockett 17, Beau Herrig 13, Brett Rickheim 9, Joe Leuze 8, Eric Smith 4 … 3-point shots: Robinson 2, Leuze 2, Rickheim 1 … Rebound leaders: Herrig 13, Robinson 9 … Assist leaders: Leuze 3 … Steal leaders: Kromah 2, Lockett 2, Herrig 2, Rickheim 2

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