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Bulldogs report: Battle of the Bulldogs goes to Ferris

The loss is UMD's first of the season.

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No. 7 Minnesota Duluth men's basketball fell victim to a Ferris State team that got red-hot in the second half and earned a come-from-behind 71-64 victory at the Small College Champions Basketball Classic on Saturday night in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

UMD led 25-20 after a first-half in which Ferris made only six of 28 field-goal attempts.

FSU made its first three field-goal attempts of the second half to take a 26-25 lead. It was 42-all near the midway point of the half but Ferris went on a 9-2 run to take the lead for good. UMD got within 53-52 with 6:41 to play but gave up threes on the next two defensive possessions and never got within a single possession the rest of the way.

Ferris made 64.3% (18 of 28) of its second-half field-goal attempts, including four of seven from outside the arc, while UMD was 13-for-39 from the field and 2-of-13 from outside after halftime.

All 12 Ferris players scored, though none had more than Brad Davidson's 10. Solomon Oraegbu added nine and four others scored eight points.

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All eight UMD players also scored, with Charlie Katona and Jack Middleton co-leading all scorers with 15. Drew Blair scored 12 and Austin Andrews had 11 points and 14 rebounds.

UMD (2-1) opens Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play on Tuesday at St. Cloud State.

CROSS COUNTRY

UMD women finish sixth

Three Minnesota Duluth runners finished in the top 20 as individuals as the Bulldogs finished in sixth place in the NCAA Division II Central Region women's cross country meet on Saturday in Joplin, Missouri.

Cailee Peterson, a senior, finished in eighth with a personal-best time of 20 minutes, 34.3 seconds for 6 kilometers, while Maddie Verkerke finished 13th and Julia Nielsen 16th, both personal bests as well. Two other UMD runners finished in the top 80.

On the men's side, the UMD team finished 10th, gaining six positions in the final 5 kilometers of the 8-kilometer race.

Lucas Selman's 30:30.5 for 32nd place was their best individual finish, while Jack Van Kempen ended up 45th. Both runners are juniors.

The field for the NCAA Division II championship meet will be announced on Monday.

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