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College men's basketball: Defense dogs UMD in loss to Crookston

Minnesota Duluth's normally stout defense disappeared Saturday in a 96-88 NSIC loss to host Minnesota-Crookston. The Golden Eagles (10-6 overall, 4-4 NSIC) made 35 of 60 field-goal attempts (58.3 percent), including a robust 12-for-21 (57.1) from...

Minnesota Duluth's normally stout defense disappeared Saturday in a 96-88 NSIC loss to host Minnesota-Crookston.

The Golden Eagles (10-6 overall, 4-4 NSIC) made 35 of 60 field-goal attempts (58.3 percent), including a robust 12-for-21 (57.1) from beyond the arc. Harrison Cleary scored 29 points to pace Crookston, which led by as many as 20.

UMD (7-5, 4-4), which came into the weekend allowing 66 points per night, fell behind 46-37 at the break before outscoring the Eagles 51-50 over the final 20 minutes. Sean Burns had 19 points for the Bulldogs, Trevor Entwisle added 17 and Superior's Brandon Myer recorded 14 points and 13 rebounds.

• St. Scholastica wasted a strong start in an 81-75 UMAC loss to Northwestern in St. Paul.

The Saints (5-8 overall, 3-3 UMAC) amassed a 46-31 lead at halftime, only to let it slip away as the Eagles (8-6, 4-1) exploded for 50 points the rest of the way.

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Barnum's Brandon Newman poured in a game-high 20 points for St. Scholastica, which connected on just 9 of 33 field-goal attempts in the second half.

• Mac Reykdal and Montroy Scott combined to score 51 points, but it wasn't enough for Wisconsin-Superior, which fell 97-84 to Bethany Lutheran in UMAC action in Mankato, Minn.

Reykdal keyed UWS' offense with 26 points on 11-for-18 shooting, and Scott had 25 points on 9-for-14 shooting. The Vikings (10-5 overall, 5-1 UMAC), though, were just as efficient, going 36-for-59 from the field (61 percent) to stay atop the conference standings.

The Yellowjackets (2-12, 1-5) have lost four straight.

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