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Blue Devils Take Super 8 Turkey Shootout Championship 68-63 over Golden Eagles
December 1, 2008

Contact: Mitch Bakken- Sports Information Director (218) 281-8414


(Menomonie, Wis.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) Men’s Basketball team battled for the 2008 Super 8 Turkey Shootout Championship against the University of Wisconsin-Stout (UW-Stout). The Golden Eagles did not score a point through the first 5:26 of the game. The team went down eight points in the first half but rallied back to win the second half 38-35. The Blue Devils played strong down the stretch to hold off UMC and take the championship with a 68-63 victory.
 
U of M, Crookston shot 29% through the first 20 minutes of play. The team roared back to shoot 50% in the second session. In the game, the Golden Eagles outshot UW-Stout 40% to 34.9% from the floor. Turnovers were key in the Blue Devil victory as UW-Stout rushed UMC into 14 turnovers and converted that into 13 points. The Golden Eagle bench kept the game close, scoring 25 points.
 
Akeem Cubie (G, 6-5, 180, SO, Minneapolis, Minn.) led the Golden Eagles offensively for the second time in three games. He scored 14 points on 6-9 shooting. Delano Robinson (G, 6-2, 190, JR, Bloomington, Ill.) and Bryce Cummings (G, 6-2, 185, JR, Mukwonago, Wis.) rounded out the top UMC scorers delivering 12 points each. Cummings was 4-8 from the field and 3-5 from beyond the arc, while Robinson was 6-8 from the line. Matt Pelzer (G, 6-4, 190, SR, St. Cloud, Minn.) tied a game high with nine rebounds and added six points. Adam Hendricks (F, 6-7, 225, SO, Watertown, Minn.) and Bruce Felts (F, 6-10, 220, SR, Bemidji, Minn.) led all players with three blocked shots each.
 
The Blue Devils were led by Jerrod Buchholtz who scored 23 points, eight in the final five minutes. He was 7-12 from the field, 6-10 from beyond the arc and 3-5 from the free-throw line. Buchholtz also led UW-Stout with nine rebounds in the game. John Donald and J. Enerson-Matthews closed out the top scorers with 12 and 11 points respectively. Nathan Staidl aided his top scorers with seven assists to lead all players.
 
The Golden Eagles are 2-4 overall on the season while the Blue Devils advance to 2-3 overall. The team opens NSIC play on December 5 and 6 when they host Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State. Game times are set for 8 p.m. both nights. The F-M Acro team will be performing at halftime of the men’s game on December 6. Bring the entire family out for an exciting night.
 
For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at: www.goldeneaglesports.com.  
 
The University of Minnesota, Crookston is a NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Golden Eagle Hockey is a member of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).