College Men's Basketball: Ridgewater edges Mesabi Range

Warriors prevail 67-63 against feisty Norsemen


WILLMAR — In a game that featured four ties, four lead changes and never becoming a double-digit deficit, the Ridgewater College men’s basketball team came out on top with a 67-63 victory over Mesari Range on Friday.

The Norsemen constantly found ways to keep the game close despite shooting 28% from the field and 8% from 3-point range.

Mesabi Range outrebounded the Warriors 51-36, dominated the bench scoring 37-17 and led points in the paint 42-30.

The Warriors had 25 turnovers to the Norseman’s 19.

Sophomore Cartier Bickley finished as the Warriors’ leading scorer with 20 points, shooting 54% from the field and 58% from the free-throw line. Bickley also led Ridgewater with eight rebounds.


Ridgewater led 17-9 with 10:27 remaining in the first half, forcing the Norsemen to call a timeout.

The eight-point lead would become the largest of the game.

Following the timeout, Mesabi Range rallied.

Ridgewater held a 31-29 halftime lead.

The Warriors took their second largest lead in the second half at 37-31.

The Norsemen eventually took a 57-54 lead with four minutes remaining in the second half. Prompting Ridgewater head coach Nathan Thooft to call a timeout.

Ridgewater came out of the timeout and outscored the Norsemen 13-6 to take the victory.

Ridgewater plays host to Vermilion Community College at 2 p.m. on Saturday.


Men’s Basketball

Ridgewater 67,
Mesabi Range 63

Mesabi Range (1-5) 29 34 — 63
Ridgewater (4-2) 31 36 — 67
MESABI RANGE - Scoring: Mark Campbell II 11, Nataj Sanders 12, Mustafa Salad 1, Michael Johnson 2, Lyric Radford 5, Mohammed Mohamud 2, Ziaire Davis 5, Louis Carter 4, Johnny Spencer 19, Artenquis King 2 … 3-point shots: Radford 1 … Rebound leader: Spencer 13 … Assist leader: Campbell II 5 … Steal leader: Campbell II, Sanders, Davis, Spencer and King 2 ... Block leader: Spencer 3.
RIDGEWATER - Scoring: Tyson Dyer 3, Andrew Sherman 4, DJ Brown 17, Cartier Bickley 20, Menelik Garrick 6, Zach Johnson 2, Deran Lacy 5, Peyton Nelson 2, Ryan Schwinghammer 8 … 3-point shots: Brown 3, Bickley 1, Lachy 1 … Rebound leader: Bickley 8 … Assist leader: Dyer, Sherman, Brown 3 … Steal leader: Dyer 4 ... Block leader: Quinton Jollymore, Brown, Garrick 1.
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Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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