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Minnesota West avenges loss to Ridgewater, 78-71

WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West, the only team Ridgewater has beaten in the MCAC Southern Division, avenged the earlier loss to the Warriors by winning 78-71 Saturday.

WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West, the only team Ridgewater has beaten in the MCAC Southern Division, avenged the earlier loss to the Warriors by winning 78-71 Saturday.

The Bluejays (2-8, 10-12) committed more turnovers than Ridgewater, but the home team shot just under 50 percent from the field while Ridgewater (1-10, 10-13) made only 21 of 71 shots (30 percent).

Haiden VanWhye knocked down four 3-pointers en route to netting a game-high 24 points for Bluejays, who had a slim 38-35 lead at halftime.

There were 13 ties and 11 lead changes before Minnesota West put together a run in the second half to take a 73-60 lead. The Warriors ended the game on an 11-5 run, but it wasn't enough to end their losing streak, which now stands at six.

Ridgewater beat Minnesota West 61-44 on Jan. 19 in Willmar. The Warriors haven't won a game since.

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Andy Kalenberg paced Ridgewater with 15 points. Tyler Pendleton also drained four 3-pointers to add 12 points for Ridgewater, which plays at Riverland on Wednesday for its last division game.

Minnesota West 78, Ridgewater 71

Ridgewater (1-10, 10-13) 35 36 -- 71

MN West (2-8, 10-12) 38 40 -- 78

RIDGEWATER - 21-71 FG (8-24 3-pt); 20-26 FT; 36 rebounds; 21 fouls ... Scoring: Elijah Swen 7, Tyler Stein 8, Andy Kalenberg 15, Breck Weber 7, Adam Sadlemyer 7, Tyler Pendleton 12, Jamison Wall 4, Jamaal Rolnic 2, Nathan Nietfeld 9 ... 3-point shots: Pendleton 4, Stein 2, Swen 1, Sadlemyer 1 ... Rebound leaders: Nietfeld 10, Weber 7 ... Assist leaders: Swen 7 ... Steal leaders: Kalenberg 5, Swen 3, Wall 3

MINNESOTA WEST - 28-59 FG (8-23 3-pt); 14-21 FT; 39 rebounds; 19 fouls ... Scoring: Terence Reid 8, Jordan Mackins 12, Ben Akol 6, Myler Neal 6, Pat Connors 10, Haiden VanWhye 24, Teddy Joseph 4, Ryan Wood 8 ... 3-point shots: VanWhye 4, Reid 6, Mackins 1, Connors 1 ... Rebound leaders: Wood 7, Reid 6, Connors 6, Akol 5, Neal 5 ... Assist leaders: Wood 4 ... Steal leaders: Mackins 2, Connors 2, VanWhye 2

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