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Hudson's Roeder breaks own NCU scoring mark

Nearly one year to the day after Hudson High School graduate Nathan Roeder set the North Central University men's basketball single-game scoring record of 44 points, the former Raider eclipsed his own mark by pouring in 51 points to lead the Rams to a 99-92 road victory over the University of Minnesota-Morris Saturday, Jan. 19.

Roeder scored 38 of his record-setting 51 points in the second half to help NCU erase a 43-42 halftime deficit and move into a three-way tie for first place in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) standings.

Roeder, a senior at NCU, made 15-of-23 field goal attempts in the game, including 9-of-12 three-pointers, while going 12-of-14 from the free throw line. All 12 of his free throws came in the second half, as did six of his three-pointers.

He also contributed eight rebounds, three steals and three assists while committing only three turnovers. The performance helped him earn UMAC Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.

His record-setting night came one year and two days after he broke the previous NCU single game scoring record. On Jan. 17, 2012, Roeder poured in 44 points at home in a Rams victory over Crown College. He is the only player in program history with four games of 40 or more points in his career.

Roeder was a two-time All-Big Rivers Conference selection at Hudson High School, earning All-BRC Honorable Mention as a junior in 2008 before being named to the All-BRC First Team in 2009. He finished second in the conference in scoring as a senior with an average of 18.2 points per game to help the Raiders to a BRC championship.

Roeder was named the 2012 Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) Player of the Year at NCU as a junior last season. He is averaging over 26 points per game this season and is closing in on the 2,000 career point mark.