Minnesota West loses two in Rochester

College basketball: Minnesota West loses two in Rochester

By The Globe on Jan 31, 2019 at 10:45 p.m.
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ROCHESTER -- The road was unkind to the Minnesota West basketball teams Thursday night. The women lost to Rochester 78-61, and the men lost 70-67.

Women

Rochester 78, Lady Jays 61

Emily Shaffer led the Lady Jays' in scoring with 19 points and 10 rebounds but Minnesota West fell short to Rochester.

Emily Schroer scored an additional 11 points for Minnesota West. M'Kayla Mike dished out five assists. The Lady Jays had issues with foul trouble and surrendering 22 turnovers.

Rochester's leading scorer was Olivia Matti who had a double-double, scoring a game-high 26 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

Rochester was able to get the Lady Jays out of their comfort zone by pressing the entire game. The Lady Jays struggled with 3-point shooting, making a mere  20 percent.

Minnesota West travels to Fergus Fall on Saturday for a pivotal match that has heavy post-season implications.

Lady Jays 23 37 46 61

Rochester 20 44 57 78

Men

Rochester 70, Bluejays 67

In a tight contest, the Yellowjackets moved out from a 41-41 halftime tie to down Minnesota West by three.

The loss dropped the Bluejays to 7-10 on the year and it was their fifth straight loss.

West led by double figures at one point in the first half, but allowed the Jackets to fight back. The second half was played evenly. Rochester assumed a 5-point lead with a minute and a half to go. The lead was cut to three points and West had the ball with one last chance to tie -- but a 3-point shot was missed.

Karmoga Lero led Rochester with 16 points, and Naa'il Mahdi added 14.

Freshman guard Jaimon Cheek led Minnesota West with 17 points while Chris Morales had 13 and Emmanuel Tor 10. Christophe Bwanya had nine points.

Deshawn Pickford had six assists and Tor had 10 rebounds.

"We've had a lot of games now where it's come down to the wire. Right now, we can't get over that wire," said West head coach Taylor Lupton.

Bluejays 41 67

Rochester 41 70