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Monmouth College Men's Basketball Team Loses Season Opener
Minnesota State 90, Monmouth 57 (0-1)

The Fighting Scots gave Division II Minnesota State-Mankato a run for much of the game, but a late run by the Mavericks dealt Monmouth 90-57 season-opening loss.

Senior Zach Ott's bucket in the paint gave the Scots a quick 2-0 lead and Eric Grant's three-pointer posted Monmouth to a five-point advantage before Minnesota State took the lead for good four minutes into the game.

The Scots held the deficit to single digits until the Mavericks put-back basket with 3:58 left in the first half gave them a 10-point lead. Corey Gruber's trey with 1:46 left trimmed it to nine, but a tip-in a minute later gave Minnesota State a 37-26 halftime lead.

Eric Cogdill scored two of his team-high 16 points with a layup in the first two minutes of the second half to cut the hole back to single digits, but the Mavericks quickly answered and regained the double digit lead and slowly pulled away down the stretch. Ott finished with 10 points and six rebounds as Cogdill pulled down a team-best eight boards.

(Monmouth College Athletics)
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