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Falcon men, women drop NCAA Tourney openers

UWRF senior Shane Manor goes up strong for two of his team high 16 points in the Falcons' loss to Edgewood Friday night at Karges Center.

Both the UW-River Falls men's and women's basketball teams saw their seasons come to an end Friday night with losses in the first round of their respective NCAA Division III Tournaments.

The 17th-ranked Falcon men lost to Edgewood College, 75-67, at Karges Center while the 22nd-ranked women lost, 72-61, to Coe College in St. Paul.

The UWRF men made a furious late-game run to cut a 24-point deficit to five in the final minute but couldn't get any closer in their loss to Northern Athletic Conference champion Edgewood.

Edgewood led 33-26 at the half and opened up a 24-point lead, 61-37, with nine minutes remaining before the Falcons forced six Eagle turnovers during a 15-2 run to cut the deficit to 63-52 with four minutes left.

The Falcons made it a five-point game, 72-67, on a three-pointer by Aaron Anderson with 25 seconds remaining but that's as close as they could get.

Shane Manor led UWRF with 16 points and Wade Guerin scored 14 while Anderson finished with 12.

In the women's first-round game on the campus of St. Thomas in St. Paul Alise Holst had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Tiffany Gregorich scored 17 points but the Falcons never led in a 72-61 loss to Coe.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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