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AUSTIN EDITION - Defense not enough as Riverland drops third straight

ANOKA -- Despite a strong defensive effort against a much bigger Anoka-Ramsey team, the Riverland men lost 77-68 in basketball on Wednesday night.

This was the third straight loss for Riverland to start the season in Minnesota Community College Conference, South Division play.

"We played hard against their big front line," Riverland coach Dave Lillemon said. "They started two guys 6-foot-8 and another at 6-foot-7, so we did a tremendous job in holding them to 77 points."

Although the defense was solid in the first division road game of the season, the offense didn't match up for the Blue Devils.

The Riverland men shot only 37-percent from the field and 8-of-26 from beyond the three-point line. Yet, the Blue Devils were only down by two points at halftime.

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Marzell Little and Andy Stouvenel led the way for the Blue Devils with 16 points apiece.

Matt Nalan with 11 points and Ryan Hansen with 10 were also in double figures in the loss.

"We couldn't get over the hump and take the lead," Lillemon said. "We didn't get enough offense to pull out the win, but there is still a lot of season left. We have nine games left in division play and that makes the home game on Saturday very crucial."

Riverland (5-9, 0-3 MCCC South) is host to Ridgewater at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

RIVERLAND (68)

Marzell Little 16, Eaton Miller 0, Curt Peterson 5, Kelly Connaughty 0, Gary Landherr 3, Andy Erichson 2, Matt Nalan 11, Andy Stouvenel 16, Ryan Hansen 10, Mark Skellenger 0, Jared More 5.

ANOKa-RAMSEY (77)

Josh Klem 20, Allan Ng 14, Syrus Nimene 11, Nate Kerkhoff 12, Wade Pierce 8, Aaron Davis 6, Scott Clark 6.

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Three-point goals -- Anoka-Ramsey 5 (Klem, Ng 2, Kerkhoff 2). Riverland 8 (Stouvenel 2, Little 2, More 1, Landherr 1, Hansen 1, Peterson 1).

Halftime score -- Anoka-Ramsey 37, Riverland 35.

Rebounds -- Riverland 51 (Little 11, Hansen 9), Anoka-Ramsey 36.

Fouled out -- None.

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