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College basketball: Minnesota West wins twice


LA CROSSE, Wis. — The Minnesota West men’s basketball team took the Western Technical College Cavaliers into overtime Wednesday night, emerging a 92-84 winner. In the early game, the Lady Jays were able to adjust to a deliberate and scrappy Western Tech squad, winning 65-50.

West is back in Worthington Saturday to face Ridgewater in 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. starts.

Lady Jays 65, Western Tech 50

Coach Mike Fury’s Lady Jays started well, moving out to a 13-2 lead in the first half, then settling in to a slim 25-24 halftime lead. For about four and a half minutes to start the second half, the Jays held Western Tech scoreless but didn’t score many points themselves. It was finally at the 12-minute mark that the visitors went on an 8-0 run, making some exceptional passes and key layups along the way, to put some space between them and the Cavaliers.

“They dictated the tempo a lot in the first half. And they’re very deliberate,” Fury said of the Cavs.

Tiffany Gehl, a 5-11 sophomore from Fulda, entered Wednesday’s game as the Southern Division Player of the Week — the fourth time this year she achieved that status — and she led Minnesota West with 19 points. Kristen Andersen scored 16 points and Lydia Kemper 11. Lindsey Drooger added nine.

Bridget Kramer, a 5-3 freshman from Ellsworth, had 11 rebounds for Minnesota West. Andersen had 10.

Carolyn Greene had 14 points for Western Tech. Ali Brey had 13 and Annie Weber 12.

The victory moves the Minnesota West women to 17-4 on the season and 7-1 in the Southern Division. Western Tech is 13-8.

Lady Jays 25 65

Western Tech 24 50

LADY JAYS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Hermeling 0-1-2-4, Kramer 0-3-0-6, Kemper 0-4-3-11, Gehl 0-6-7-19, Drooger 1-2-2-9, Andersen 1-4-5-16. Totals 2-20-19-65.

WESTERN TECH (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Williams 0-1-1-3, Brey 2-1-5-13, Hackbarth 0-1-1-3, Greene 2-4-0-14, Weber 0-5-2-12, Meade 0-2-0-4, Watson 0-0-1-1. Totals 4-14-10-50.

Bluejays 92, Western Tech 84

With 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation, Tech’s Brandon Hardyman hit a three-point shot to tie the score at 79-79. West missed a 15-footer at the right corner in response.

Then in overtime, the Bluejays moved out in front early. They converted five of six free throws in the extended period, including four of four by sophomore guard Jackson Seitzinger, to preserve the lead and get the win.

“For us to win on the road with the adversity we’ve been having all week, I’m really proud of the guys,” said West head coach Justin Heckenlaible.

The Bluejays had been struggling lately with the loss of sophomore forward Cody Harris, who is out for the season with a knee injury. On Saturday, West suffered from sub-par shooting in a tough road loss to M State-Fergus Falls, 76-73. But with their victory Wednesday — their second of the season against the Cavs — the Jays are 15-7 overall and 6-3 in the Southern Division.

Seitzinger led Minnesota West with 25 points against Western Tech, and teammate Ja’Pree Murry had 23 points. Taylor Lupton chipped in with 15, Derek Buysse 13 and Brett Bennett 10.

Buysse also had 11 rebounds and Seitzinger 10. The Bluejays outrebounded Tech 49-30 for the game.

Cody Krueger scored 29 points to lead the Cavaliers, 12-10 overall and 3-6 in the division.

Bluejays 34 79 92

Western Tech 29 79 84

BLUEJAYS 93FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Hodges 0-1-0-2, Murry 2-8-1-23, Seitzinger 2-4-11-25, Buysse 0-5-3-13, Fischer 0-2-0-4, Lupton 0-5-5-15, Bennett 2-2-0-10. Totals 6-27-20-92.

WESTERN TECH (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Svendsen 0-3-3-9, Desrosiers 0-1-0-2, Kubicek 1-0-1-4, Lampert 0-2-1-5, Collins 4-1-0-14, Cody Krueger 1-11-4-29, Hardyman 3-3-2-17, Christopher Krueger 0-1-0-2, Webb 0-1-0-2. Totals 9-23-11-84.