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Upper Iowa uses big second half to rally past Dragons men

FAYETTE, Iowa -- Upper Iowa erupted for 58 points in the second half to rally for a 91-78 victory against Minnesota State Moorhead on Saturday in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball at Dorman Gymnasium.

Carson Parker paced the Peacocks with 20 points and nine rebounds, including 16 points in the second half. Upper Iowa shot 71 percent (20 of 28) from the field after halftime.

Addison Park led the Dragons with a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds. Travaun Coad added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tanner Kretchman chipped in 17 points for MSUM, which led 43-33 at halftime.

MSUM (6-18, 4-14 NSIC): Park 8-14 4-5 22, Kretchman 5-13 4-7 17, Coad 5-14 3-4 14, Beeninga 1-13 4-6 7, Anderson 0-3 0-0 0, Bussman 4-6 4-4 14, Johnson 2-3 0-0 4, Sevlie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-66 19-26 78.
UI (14-13, 7-11): Parker 7-9 5-7 20, Smoldt 7-11 0-0 18, Austin 4-11 6-7 14, Okonkwo 5-7 2-5 12, Blaue 1-6 0-0 3, Rowad 7-13 0-2 14, Eighme 3-4 1-2 7, Williams 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 35-65 15-25 91.Half: MSUM 43, UI 33. 3-point goals: MSUM 9-21 (Park 2-3, Kretchman 3-8, Coad 1-3, Beeninga 1-5, Bussman 2-2), UI 6-18 (Parker 1-1, Smoldt 4-8, Blaue 1-6, Rowan 0-1, Williams 0-2). Total fouls: MSUM 18, UI 20. Rebounds: MSUM 39 (Coad 12), UI 42 (Parker 9, Blaue 9). Assists: MSUM 6 (Bussman 3), UI 18 (Rowan 7). Turnovers: MSUM 5 (Bussman 2), UI 6 (Rowan 3). A--312.
Eric Peterson
Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.

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