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Men's basketball: Warriors can't handle Wildcats

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WAHPETON, N.D. — A slow start and a tough shooting night spelled a 69-47 loss for the Ridgewater men’s basketball team against the North Dakota State College of Science on Wednesday.

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The Warriors (3-4) fell behind by 23 points at halftime, which proved to be too large of a hole against the 10-2 Wildcats.

“We just didn’t shoot well — again,” said Warriors head coach Bob Knutson. “We played pretty good defense, we just couldn’t find the rim.”

Terrance Lockett led the Warriors with 13 points and Neil Helgeson added 11.

Jordan Schwarz and Beau Herrig both had 5 rebounds.

Bretson McNeal scored a game-high 14 points and teammate Xavier Blackburn had a superb night inside, scoring 9 points and 19 rebounds.

Nik Savageau had 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

The Warriors return home for a pair of weekend games, playing Fond du Lac at 8 p.m. Friday and Central Lakes at 3 p.m. Saturday.

NDSCS 69,

Ridgewater 47

Ridgewater (3-4)    22 25 — 47

NDSCS (10-2)    45 24 — 69

RIDGEWATER – 20-68 FG (1-10 3-pt); 6-13 FT; 33 rebounds; 11 fouls … Scoring: Melvin Kromah 2, Neil Helgeson 11, Terrance Lockett 13, Zak Pendleton 2, Jones Green 7, Cameron Edmonds-Halvorson 1, Beau Herrig 8, Johnnie Miller 3 … 3-point shots: Helgeson … Rebound leaders: Kromah 4, Lockett 4, Jordan Schwarz 5, Herrig 5 … Assist leaders: Kromah 2, Schwarz 2, Zach Henning 2, Edmonds-Halvorson 2 … Steal leaders: Pendleton 2

NDSCS – 29-60 FG (4-15 3-pt); 7-11 FT; 51 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: Justin Metze 6, Kenry Lewis 2, Clay Anderson 1, Xavier Blackburn 9, Tim Gill 12, Bretson McNeal 14, Nik Savageau 8, Jerry Pratt 2, Stephan Lambert 3, Brady Severson 2, Eric O’Neill 10 … 3-point shots: McNeal 2-5, Savageau 2-3 … Rebound leaders: Blackburn 19, Gill 6, Savageau 6 … Assist leaders: Savageau 5, McNeil 4 … Steal leaders: Savageau 2, Lambert 2

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