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Men's basketball: Warriors win season opener

COLLEGEVILLE — Four players scored in double figures and two other Warriors were close as Ridgewater outlasted the St. John’s JV squad 89-79 in overtime Friday to open its season.

Freshman Kiree Robinson paced the Warriors with 20 points with sophomores Melvin Kromah adding 16, Beau Herrig 12 and Terrance Lockett 11. Joe Leuze, behind three 3-pointers, and Brett Rickheim supplied another 9 points each.

Herrig forced overtime after making a short fade-away shot with 20 seconds left in the second half. The Warriors controlled the extra session from the get-go as Leuze nailed a three-pointer to set the tone for a 17-point frame.

Ridgewater was 8-for-8 at the free throw line in OT and 19-for-24 for the game.

“We played shaky in the first half, getting down 18,” said Ridgewater coach Bob Knutson. “There was a lot of learning going on, but in the second half we played better defense and played a lot more aggressive.”

The Warriors travel to Wahpeton, N.D., on Wednesday to play North Dakota State College of Science in the second game of a women’s-men’s doubleheader that starts at 6 p.m.

Ridgewater 89, St. John’s JV 79

Ridgewater         37 35 17 — 89

St. John’s JV       45 27  7  — 79

RIDGEWATER – 32 FG (6 3-pt); 19-24 FT; rebounds n/a; 16 fouls … Scoring: DeJuan Curry 6, Melvin Kromah 16, Terrance Lockett 11, Joe Leuze 9, Brett Rickheim 9, Kiree Robinson 20, Eric Smith 6, Beau Herrig 12 … 3-point shots: Leuze 3, Lockett 1, Rickheim 1, Robinson 1 … Rebound leaders: n/a … Assist leaders: n/a … Steal leaders: n/a

ST. JOHN’S JV – 29 FG (11 3-pt); 10-14 FT; rebounds n/a; 20 fouls … Scoring: Brian Fritzlar 17, Will Bauman 1, Brad Luebbert 24, Chase Luebker 11, Ben Rosburg 6, Conrad Sexe 12, Ryan Buron 8 … 3-point shots: Luebbert 6, Fritzlar 3, Luebker 1, Buron 1