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UW-River Falls Falcon sports update

Falcons Arik Smith, left, Brian Kimble and Ollie White can barely watch as Edgewood College puts the finishing touches on its 75-67 victory over the Falcons in an NCAA Tournament first round game Friday night at Karges Center. Bob Burrows photo1 / 2
Members of the UW-River Falls women's hockey team hoist the O'Brien Cup as NCHA Tournament champions after defeating Adrian College, 4-2, in the tournament title game Saturday afternoon at Hunt Arena. Bob Burrows photo2 / 2

Basketball: UWRF men fall to Edgewood in NCAA tourney opener

One team was going to win its first-ever NCAA Tournament game Friday night at Karges Center.

Unfortunately, it wasn't UW-River Falls.

The team from Edgewood College, a Dominican Catholic College in Madison with an enrollment of about 2,000, built a 24-point second half lead and held off a furious UWRF comeback attempt to knock off the 17th-ranked Falcons, 75-67.

It marks just the third loss for the Falcons in their last 25 games at Karges Center and the first-ever victory by a Northern Athletics Conference school.

Edgewood ended the first half shooting sharp from behind the arc, nailing three of their last six attempts while taking a 33-26 halftime lead.

Edgewood outscored the Falcons 28-11 in the first 11 minutes of the second half to take their biggest lead of the game, 61-37, with 9 minutes remaining.

The Falcons went on a run but was too little, too late. Baskets by Colin Utke and Shane Manor brought UWRF to within six, 70-64, with 50 seconds left and Aaron Anderson's fourth three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining made it a five-point game, 72-67, but that's as close as they could get.

Manor led the Falcons with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and four steals and Wade Guerin finished with 14 points and four rebounds. Anderson added 12 points while Brian Kimble had eight points, five assists and five rebounds in the loss.

Junior Ollie White finished with nine rebounds (five offensive) to go along with his nine points.

The Falcons end another historic season in which they won their first WIAC Tournament, made their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 20-8 record for the second consecutive season.

Basketball: Women fall to Coe in NCAA Tourney

The UW-River Falls women's basketball team saw its season come to an end in a 72-61 loss to Coe College (Iowa) in a first round NCAA Tournament game played at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Friday night.

The Falcons were making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1995 and end the season with a record of 21-7.

The game marked the end the collegiate careers of seniors Alise Holst and Tiffany Gregorich, who both went over the 1,000 career point total this season. Holst scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in her final game while Gregorich finished with 17 points in the loss.

Senior Maranda Dohrn, the Falcons all-time leading rebounder, ended her career with eight points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

Hockey: Women skate to O'Brien Cup title

The UW-River Falls women's hockey team followed its Northern Collegiate Hockey Association regular season title by defeating Adrian College, 4-2, in the NCHA O'Brien Cup championship game Saturday afternoon at Hunt Arena to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship Tournament for the third straight year.

The seventh-ranked Falcons, now 23-4-2 overall, will open the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a quarterfinal game at No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus (23-2-2) in St. Peter, Minn. this Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m.

Saturday's matchup marks the fourth straight year UWRF and Gustavus will meet in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Gusties have beaten the Falcons the last two years. Earlier this year the teams played to a 1-1 overtime tie Dec. 6 in St. Peter.

Tickets for Saturday's game at the Don Roberts Ice Rink in St. Peter, Minn. are $7 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets will be on sale at the door. There will be no advanced ticket sales. For more information on tickets call the Gustavus Adolphus ticket office at (507) 933-7617.