The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Men’s Basketball team picked up their first victory of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 10, defeating the University of St. Thomas Junior Varsity, 70-62.
The first half was a defensive struggle with the Golden Rams leading 9-7 after nearly ten minutes of basketball. Eventually Anoka-Ramsey was able to piece together a small run to go into the half 25-18. Both teams shot below 30 percent in the first half as neither team could get into a flow on offense. Not helping matters was the Golden Rams 2-10 performance from the free throw line in the first half.
The second half proved to be a different story as both offenses found a rhythm. An early 8-2 run by the Golden Rams extended the lead to double digits. Freshman Trey Scott (Spring Lake Park) sparked Anoka-Ramsey on the defensive end picking up a couple steals that led to easy layups. The Golden Rams continued to push the tempo of the game extending the lead to 22 points. The Tommies did not back down though. They trimmed the deficit to seven with less than three minutes remaining. Anoka-Ramsey finished strong at the free throw line, making 14 of their final 15 from the line and holding on for the eight point victory.
Anoka-Ramsey was led by Scott’s 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals. Max Wessel, of Rogers, was the only other Golden Ram in double figures finishing with 10 points. Kenan Kent, of St. Paul Humboldt, chipped in with 9 points and 11 rebounds. Ben Snyder, of Prior Lake, had a solid performance with 7 points and 6 rebounds and 2 assists in his first start of the season.
The Golden Rams improve to 1-2 on the season. Next up is a trip to Brainerd, Minn. for the Central Lakes Classic, Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21. They’ll face off against two MCAC Northern Division opponents in Mesabi Range, Friday at 4 p.m., and Central Lakes, Saturday, 6 p.m.