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College Mens Basketball: Mesabi Range edges Warriors

Tribune Staff Report

VIRGINIA -- The Ridgewater men's basketball team played both its worst and best halves of defensive basketball against Itasca on Friday night.

Unfortunately, the Warriors' bad was just a touch worse than its good was better.

Ridgewater fell behind by 23 points in the first 10 minutes of the game but battled back to have a chance to tie or win in the final seconds, losing 60-58.

"Their coach told me its was the best half of basketball his team had played and it was our worst," said Warriors head coach Bob Knutson. "But I think we outplayed them the last 30 minutes. Our kids played their hearts out and I'm really proud of them."

After the terrible start, the Warriors pulled with 13 points at halftime. They played within five points of Itasca the final six minutes, and Ridgewater had two chances to pull even or ahead but both times turned the ball over, Knutson said.

The Warriors lost their second straight game and take a 5-4 record into today's game at Vermilion in Ely.

See Monday's Tribune for boxscores from Friday's and Saturday's games.