Two clutch runs gave Minneapolis a 39-29 road win at Ellsworth on Tuesday night.
The first inning may end midway through the second quarter when the game was tied at 14. Minneapolis went on a 7-0 run to end the half and take a 21-14 lead at the break.
Fast forward to the third quarter, where Ellsworth had taken a 24-23 lead. In the final quarter and a half, Minneapolis beat Ellsworth 15-6 to run away with the win.
Braedee Weatherman led the Lions with 12 points, all from beyond the arc. The freshman was named a player in the Nex-Tech Wireless game. Junior forward Jordan Peck had the H&R Block of the Game. Minneapolis (10-7 overall; 5-2 NCAA) has now won seven straight over Ellsworth.
For Ellsworth (5-11; 1-6), Lexi West led with eight points off the bench. The Bearcats are yet to win at home this season and have lost eight straight home games since last year.
In a game driven by momentum changes, Minneapolis was unable to get enough swings in a 51-44 road loss to Ellsworth.
The Lions have now lost three in a row, the third distinct streak of at least three losses this season. Ellsworth picked up their first home win of the season and ended a five-game league losing streak.
Ellsworth (6-10 overall; 2-5 NCAA) led 24-14 at halftime, but Minneapolis (4-12; 0-7) was able to make a run midway through the third quarter to tie at 35. Despite the race, Ellsworth regained control and outscored the Lions 16-9 the rest of the way to lock in the win.
Minneapolis’ Colby Rice had 16 points, including four three-pointers. He was named player of the Nex-Tech Wireless game. Main striker Jonathan Lowe had the H&R Block of the Game.
The Bearcats had three players with double-digit points. Will Cravens led with 16, Riley Stone had 14 and Cade Gwinner added 13.
Both Minneapolis teams are back on the hardwood Friday as they hit the road again to take on Southeast Saline in two championship games. These games can be streamed on 92.7 The New Zoo. Pre-game coverage will begin at 5:45 a.m.