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Golden Eagle Bench Lifts Team to Big Overtime Victory 64-59
November 24, 2007

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

Justin Peddycoart
Justin Peddycoart
(Grand Forks, N.D.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston Men’s Basketball team took on the Montevallo Falcons this afternoon in the second game of the UND Thanksgiving Classic. It took an overtime session, but in the end it was the Golden Eagles playing stronger for the full 45 minutes to take the 64-59 victory.


Both teams opened play shooting a little sloppy from the field. Montevallo shot 34.6% to UMC’s 41.7% in the first half. The poor shooting resulted in a low scoring half with the teams going into the break tied 27-27. The Golden Eagles had chances to take control of the first half but offensive rebounding by the Falcons helped them to seven second chance points in the half. Montevallo had a total of eight offensive rebounds in the half. Leading all scorers through the first 20 minutes of play was Montevallo’s Eric Turner who finished with seven points. Adam Hendricks (Fr, F, Watertown, Minn.) had a strong first half off the bench leading UMC with six points, tying his season game high. The teams battled to four ties and three lead changes in the first half.


The second half brought an even tighter contested battle. The Golden Eagles tightened up defensively, scoring 12 points on Montevallo turnovers in the half, but it was not enough as both teams scored 25 points in the second half to send the game into an extra session 52-52. UMC’s Aaron Smith (Sr, G, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) sparked the Golden Eagles off the bench, scoring nine points in the half and going 6-6 from the free-throw line. He went into the overtime tied for the lead in scoring with Montevallo’s Anthony Brown at 13 points each. Defensively, Justin Peddycoart (Jr, C, Springfield, Ill.) had his biggest half as a Golden Eagle, grabbing seven rebounds to send the game to overtime.


Peddycoart continued his outstanding play into the five minute overtime session. He scored four of the teams 12 points and grabbed another four rebounds including three offensive boards to lift the Golden Eagles to the team’s first victory of the season, 64-59. On the night, Peddycoart tallied his first double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds (six offensive, six defensive). Both were season and career highs for Peddycoart. Aaron Smith led the Golden Eagles offensively, scoring a season high 15 points and leading all scorers in the contest. In total, the UMC benched scored 37 points in the overtime win. Montevallo was led by Anthony Brown who scored 13 points in the game. Brown and DeAndre Miranda led the Falcons defensively with nine rebounds each.


Tonight’s win moves the Golden Eagles to 1-3 on the season. Montevallo drops to 1-3 overall on the season. The team returns to Lysaker Gymnasium on November 30 and December 1 to open NSIC conference play. The team hosts Wayne State College on Friday evening and SW Minnesota State on Saturday evening. Both games are scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. start.


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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).