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Men's basketball: West free throws top Warriors

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WILLMAR — Minnesota West loved the line on Saturday in the Ridgewater College gym.

The Bluejays made 21 of 25  free throw attempts (84 percent) to help spill the Warriors 80-70 in the MCAC South.

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The Willmar team had five more field goals and a huge 58-35 margin in rebounds but couldn’t stop the Jays, who were coming off a 107-97 loss to Western Wisconsin.

The Warriors got balance scoring: Terrance Lockett 18 points, Neil Helgeson 15, Melvin Kromah 10 and Jeremy Olson 9. Lockett snared 14 rebounds and Kromah 8.

For West, which built a 43-29 lead by half, Cody Harris scored 22 and Luke Roddy and Mitch Hopkins 10 each. Four other Jays scored either eight or nine points.  

Both Ridgewater and Minn. West is fighting for a playoff spot along with Riverland.  Rochester and Fergus are virtual locks for the postseason.

The Warriors (4-6, 10-13) bus to Austin to play Riverland on Wednesday.

Minn. West 80, Ridgewater  70

Minn West (5-5, 12-10)    43 37 — 80

Ridge (4-6, 10-13)    29  41 — 70

MINNESOTA WEST – 25-56 FG (9-23 3-pt); 21-25 FT; 35 rebounds; 16 fouls … Scoring: Luke Roddy 10, Jackson Seitzinger 9, Mitch Olson 9, Orle Brown 8, Tyler Aquallo 8, Mitch Hopkins 10, Taylor Lupton 4, Cody Harris 22 … 3-point shots: Roddy 2, Seitzinger 1, Brown 1, AAquallo 2, Harris 3 … Rebound leaders: Seitzinger 4 … Assist leaders: Roddy 5 … Steal leaders: Roddy 2

RIDGEWATER COLLEGE – 30-85 FG (6-27 3-pt); 4-8 FT; 58 rebounds; 19 fouls … Scoring: Zak Pendleton 4, Melvin Kromahn 10, Neil Helgeson 15, Terrance Lockett 18, Jake Rabow 5, Jordan Schwarz 4, Zach Henning 3, Jeremy Olson 9, Beau Herrig 2 … 3-point shots: Helgeson 3, Rambow, Henning, Olson … Rebound leaders: Lockett 14, Kroman 89, Olson 6, Herrig 6, Schwarz 4 … Assist leaders: Helgeson 4, Pendleton 3, Helgeson 3, Lockett 3 … Steal leaders: Helgeson 4

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