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Blazers Enjoying View From The Top

It is eight wins and counting for the CMU men’s basketball team who improved their record to 8-3  after a battle for first-place with the University of Winnipeg College Wesmen on Saturday that saw the Blazers emerge in a 80-71 home court win.

Recently featured on KICK-FM’s VarCity Sports radio-show, fifth-year guard Nick Miller was the story of the first-half. The former Manitoba Bison scored 24-points in the opening 20-minutes, including four long-range 3’s to help the Blazers open a 9-point lead mid-way through the second-quarter and a 39-32 lead at the break.

As billed the battle for first-place in the MCAC was full of excitment, but both teams had their struggles shooting the basketball. Wesmen guard Jon Piccici emerged from his first-half silence to help his team win the third-quarter and take a lead over the Blazers as the quarter drew to a close. A member of the 2011 MCAC all-conference team, Piccici drained three 3-pointers, 9 of his 11-points, to steal momentum from the home team.

Shooting only 30% from the field, the Blazers took care of business in the fourth-quarter by attacking the offensive and defensive glass and by getting themselves to the free-throw line. Second-year center Wyatt Anders posted 20 rebounds for the second-consecutive game and added 14-points on 5-for-10 shooting to help his team to a 20-point fourth quarter. Guard Jacob Miller struggled with his jump-shot all night, hitting on only 1-of-11 from the field, but continued to find ways to get possessions and points for the Blazers. Miller found his way to the free-throw line 12-times in the game to score 9 of his 12-points, and help CMU to a nine-point home win.

The balanced Blazers also got double-digit scoring from first-years Matt Koenig (10) and Matej Juric (11), while Sean Baergen chipped in with 9 points. The next home action for the first-place team is Friday night when they host Dakota College at Bottineau at 8 pm in exhibition play.



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