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Blazers Chop Bottineau on Home Court

First-year forward Matej Juric scored 29 points to lead CMU to a memorable home win 96-67 over Dakota College at Bottineau of the National Junior College Athletics Association (USA) on Friday night.

The Blazers jumped their opponents early and often, shooting a high-percentage and winning the battle on the boards. Nick Miller hit on 6-of-10 from three-point range, including four in the first half, pushing the Blazers to an insurmountable 32-point half-time lead. The home team outscored the Jacks 30-18 in the first quarter and 32-12 in the second shooting an incredible 59% from the field.

What didn’t find the basket, 6’7 second-year center Wyatt Anders was quick to clean up. The graduate of Sturgeon Heights Collegiate grabbed 7 offensive boards in the first-half and finished the game with 17 rebounds and 21-points before fouling-out midway through the fourth-quarter.

The win was the second for the Blazers in a lengthy history of exhibition play with Bottineau. Back in November of this season, CMU was beaten by the Jacks by 20+ points at the Kevin Thom Classic but the winners of their last eight conference games and holders of the top-spot in the MCAC more than proved their pedigree on home court.

The next home basketball action for CMU is Wednesday night when the Blazers host the Providence Freemen. The recent departure of the Assiniboine Cougars has vaulted the Freemen into the fourth and final playoff spot in the MCAC.

Perhaps the bigger story this week will be the women’s match-up. The 4-7 Blazers hold a slight edge on the 3-7 Freemen as the two teams enter the final month of the regular season. The home-and-home series will almost certainly decide who will finish third and have the advantage of tipping-off with the second-place team in the conference in March’s Championship weekend.

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