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UNK Men Fall in MIAA Opener

Senior guard Cedric Ridle Jr. almost recorded a triple double to help the Lincoln University menís basketball team post a 72-61 win over Nebraska-Kearney Wednesday night at the Health & Sports Center.
The Blue Tigers improve to 2-7 (1-0) while the Lopers, playing for the first time in 16 days, drop to 2-4 (0-1). This was UNKís first-ever MIAA game.
Lincoln, now 4-0 all-time vs. Kearney, came in averaging 72.0 points per game and hit that mark exactly thanks to 47% (31 of 66) shooting. The Blue Tigers also committed just nine turnovers and held a UNK squad averaging 75.0 points per game to its second lowest output of the season.
Down 14-11 at the 12:18 mark, LU went on a 12-3 run to grab the lead for good. This mini-run featured five points by Ridle and a dunk by 6-9, 270 lbs. junior post Sean Harris.
The Lopers did close the half on a 6-0 run to trail by a 38-31 score at the break. However, UNK scored just two points in the first nine minutes of the second half. By that point, Lincoln had opened up a 48-33 lead and didnít allow the Lopers to get closer than seven points the rest of the way.
A 6-2 senior from Gary, Ind., the lightening quick Ridle scored a team-high 19 on 7 of 15 field goal shooting (2 of 6 threes) while grabbing seven rebounds, handing out nine assists and recording two steals in 36 minutes.
Equally as quick, 5-10 freshman guard Jeremy Jackson came off the bench to have 12 of his 14 points in the first half with Harris warming up after the break to finish with 14 points, six boards and three blocks.
Kearney finished the night shooting 38% (24 of 63) from the floor, including a 3 of 17 effort from behind the arc.
UNK saw junior post Mike Dentlinger (Omaha) scored a game-high 21 thanks to 8 of 14 field goal shooting. He also had four rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal in 33 minutes.
Next, sophomore forward Tyler Shields recorded a double double (11 points & 10 rebounds) with sophomore reserve forward Ben Petersen (Minden) providing five points and three rebounds in 10 minutes of work.
The Lopers play at nationally-ranked NW Missouri State Saturday afternoon.