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Poor shooting drops Warriors to 3rd place

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ROCHESTER -- The Ridgewater men's basketball team fell to third place in the MCAC Southern Division with an 81-70 loss to Rochester Saturday.

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The Warriors (3-2, 11-8) struggled from the field, shooting 32 percent (21 of 65) and from the free-throw line, making 61 percent (23 of 38). Ridgewater's shooting woes were magnified in the first half, connecting on just 7 of 29 attempts from the floor (24 percent).

The Warriors did manage to cut Rochester's lead to four points twice late in the second half, after trailing 37-28 at halftime.

But the Yellowjackets were just too deep for Ridgewater. Rochester got 28 points from its bench, while the Warriors had just eight, all from Shawn Neu.

Casey Sussenguth led Ridgewater with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Cory Nietfeld added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Ben Moser scored 18 points.

Rochester 81, Ridgewater 70

Ridgewater (3-2, 11-8) 28 42 -- 70

Rochester (4-1, 13-4) 37 44 -- 81

RIDGEWATER - 21-65 FG (5-19 3-pt); 23-38 FT; 45 rebounds; 16 fouls ... Scoring: Ben Moser 18, Shawn Neu 5, Beau Bredeson 2, Derek Eisenschenk 6, Casey Sussenguth 23, Cory Nietfeld 13 ... 3-point shots: Moser 2, Neu 1, Eisenschenk 1, Nietfeld 1 ... Rebound leaders: Moser 7, Bredeson 5, Sussenguth 10, Nietfeld 10 ... Assist leaders: Bredeson 2 ... Steal leaders: Neu 2

ROCHESTER - 33-71 FG (5-20 3-pt); 10-17 FT; 52 rebounds; 26 fouls ... Scoring: Allen McGaha 9, Chet Riley 3, Anthony Kelley 5, Tyler Speer 8, Tyler Drinkall 8, Josh Hagen 5, Josh Reynolds 17, Kurt Koening 15, Kavon Martin 11 ... 3-point shots: McGaha 2, Kelley 1, Reynolds 2 ... Rebound leaders: McGaha 6, Speer 8, Reynolds 7, Koening 5, Martin 9 ... Assist leaders: McGaha 3, Reynolds 3, Koening 3 ... Steal leaders: Reynolds 4

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