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Bulldogs report: Blair’s 38 points help No. 14 UMD top Huskies in overtime

Senior guard pours in six 3-pointers as Bulldogs win their NSIC opener; UMD women top St. Cloud in key conference matchup.

Minnesota Duluth’s Drew Blair (22) steps back before hitting a three over UW-Superior’s Levy Miguel (5)
Minnesota Duluth’s Drew Blair (22) steps back before hitting a three over UW-Superior’s Levy Miguel (5) in the first half of the Bulldogs game in Romano Gym Tuesday evening, Nov. 1.
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ST. CLOUD — Senior guard Drew Blair scored a career-high 38 points as No. 14 Minnesota Duluth topped St. Cloud State 94-89 in overtime of their NSIC men’s basketball season opener Tuesday night before 351 at Halenbeck Hall.

Blair, whose previous career-high was 33, was 12-for-21 shooting from the field and 6-for-13 from 3-point range while adding six rebounds and four assists.

Charlie Katona and sixth man Lincoln Meister added 13 points apiece while Joshua Brown had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Brown led the Bulldogs with four points in the extra session, when defense ruled the day, with UMD (4-1 overall, 1-0 NSC) holding the Huskies (1-3, 0-1) to 2-for-7 shooting.

Matthew Willert scored 18 points and Luke Taylor added 17 as six St. Cloud State players scored in double figures.

Both teams shot well, with the Bulldogs holding a 50.8 to 48.5% advantage in field-goal shooting while holding a 40-32 advantage in rebounding.

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UMD returns home for a nonconference matchup against Michigan Tech at 1 p.m. Saturday at Romano Gym.

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Senior forward Brooke Olson had 16 points and nine rebounds, including a free throw for the final margin as Minnesota Duluth held on for a 59-56 NSIC victory over St. Cloud State in the conference opener between the top two teams in league last season.

Neither team was particularly sharp in the closing seconds, with Jada Eggebrecht’s jumper with 1:33 remaining being the last point for the Huskies, pulling them to within two points at 58-56.

Taytum Rhoades (13 points) and Madelyn Granica (10) also scored in double figures for the Bulldogs (3-1 overall, 1-0 NSIC).

Eggebrecht had a game-high 18 points to lead the Huskies (2-1, 1-1) while Katrina Theis added 13 points and nine rebounds.

After a short Thanksgiving break, UMD plays Northern Michigan in nonconference action at 3 p.m. Friday in Marquette, Michigan.

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