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WILLMAR — Six Warriors scored at least 8 points as Ridgewater College sacked Western Technical College (Wis.) Cavaliers 72-55 on Saturday afternoon.

Zak Pendleton, a guard from Redwood Falls and Cedar Mountain High School topped the scoring column with 14 points, including 6 of 6 performance at the free throw line.

“We got out to an early lead and then they got on a run and tied it up (31-31) at halftime,” said Ridgewater coach Bob Knutson. “We came out on fire to start the second half and we kept the intensity up. We performed well.”

The Warriors, who are in third place in the conference by themselves after Minnesota West, Riverland and Anoka-Ramsey all lost Saturday, outscored the visiting Cavaliers 41-24 in the second half.

Beau Herrig (Mountain Lake) scooped 8 rebounds in the home team’s 52-34 advantage on the glass. He also scored 8 points.

The Warriors went to 6-6 in the MCAC South to stay in the playoff picture. The team will host Anoka-Ramsey on Wednesday, the final home appearance. The regular season wraps up next Saturday for the Warriors when they hit the road to take on Fergus Falls.

Ridgewater 72, Western Technical 55

WTC (2-10 MCAC)    31 24 — 55

Ridgewater (6-6, 12-13)    31 41 — 72

WESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE – 21-55 FG (6-26 3-pt); 11-18 FT; 34  rebounds; 15 fouls … Scoring leaders: Javaris Flowers 15, Ray Goines 8, Joe Walsh 5, Cody Krueger 5, Greg Von Ruden 5 … 3-point shots: Von Ruden, Flowers 3, Derek Kubicek, Joe Walch … Rebound leaders: Krueger 8

RIDGEWATER COLLEGE – 38-76 FG (5-18 3-pt); 11-18 FT; 52 rebounds; 11 fouls … Scoring: Zak Pendleton 14, Melvin Kroman 13, Neil Helgeson 13, Terrance Lockett 10, Jordan Schwarz 8, Zach Henning 3, Jones Green 1, Jeremy Olson 2, Beau Herrig 8… 3-point shots: Pendleton 2, Helgeson 2, Henning 1 … Rebound leaders: Herrig 8, Olson 8, Henning 7 … Assist leaders: Kromah 4, Lockett 4, Helgeson 3, Herrig 3 … Steal leaders: Pendleton 3