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College men's basketball: Winona State ousts UMD in NSIC tournament

Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com Minnesota-Duluth’s Hunter Plamann (3) gets around Winona State’s Mason Domask (1) on his way to the hoop in the first half Wednesday at Romano Gym. UMD lost 62-56. 1 / 2
Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com Minnesota-Duluth’s Mamadou Ngom (4) gets to the hoop in front of Winona State’s Caleb Wagner (10) in the first half of an NSIC first-round playoff game at Romano Gym on Wednesday. 2 / 2

Trailing 58-56 to Winona State, Minnesota Duluth forward Brandon Myer corralled the rebound and raced coast-to-coast, driving to the hoop at the other end before crashing to the floor. Instead of drawing a foul, Myer was called for charging, ending the Bulldogs' hopes of advancing in an NSIC tournament first-round game Wednesday night at Romano Gym.

UMD didn't like it, and the boisterous student section manning the sideline, wearing jerseys and shorts, certainly didn't like it, but replays showed it was a fair call.

"We have to play better throughout the game so that it doesn't come down to that," first-year UMD coach Justin Wieck said. "It was a hard-fought game."

The 62-56 loss was a tough way for UMD's season to end, after the Bulldogs climbed to eighth in the latest NCAA Division II Central Region rankings released Wednesday.

Myer, a junior from Superior who missed the regular-season meeting with Winona State due to sickness, had 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks to lead the Bulldogs (17-10).

"Brandon was just trying to make a play," Wieck said. "I have no problem with him attacking."

Caleb Wagner had 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and drew one huge charging call to lead the Warriors (13-16).

The Bulldogs finished with their most wins since going 20-11 in 2008-09.

For a team that was picked to go 10th in the 16-team NSIC, UMD certainly proved its mettle, going 6-1 against the top five teams in the league.

"Our guys battled the whole night, just like they have all year," Wieck said. "Disappointed in the loss, but overall I'm proud of our season.

Winona State 62, Minnesota Duluth 56

Winona State — Mason Domask 3-7 0-0 7, Caleb Wagner 5-15 6-9 18, Devin Whitelow 1-8 0-0 3, Kevion Taylor 4-13 6-6 16, Tommy Gathje 4-8 0-0 10, Charlie Koontz 2-5 0-0 6, Alec Rosner 0-1 0-0 0, Dalante Peyton 1-2 0-0 2, Nick Klug 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-60 12-15 62.

Minnesota Duluth — Logan Rohrscheib 2-5 0-1 4, Hunter Plamann 3-7 1-2 7, Mamadou Ngom 2-7 3-4 7, Brandon Myer 7-14 5-7 21, Sean Burns 2-7 0-1 4, Trevor Entwisle 3-7 0-0 7, Ryan Kaczynski 1-2 0-0 2, Cody Tomlinson 2-2 0-0 4, Jake Paper 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-52 9-15 56.

Halftime — UMD 29, Winona State 27. 3-point goals — Winona State 10-29 (Domask 1-4, Wagner 2-5, Whitelow 1-2, Taylor 2-7, Gathje 2-5, Koontz 2-3, Rosner 0-1, Peyton 0-1, Klug 0-1), UMD 3-11 (Plamann 0-1, Ngom 0-1, Myer 2-5, Entwisle 1-4). Fouled out — None. Technical — Entwisle. Rebounds — Winona State 35 (Taylor 8), UMD 41 (Myer 12). Assists — Winona State 13 (Wagner 5), UMD 9 (Entwisle 5). Total fouls — Winona State 17, UMD 13.