Anoka-Ramsey Community College men’s basketball team won both games at the season-opening Tri-State Classic, hosted by the Coon Rapids-based community college Nov. 8-9.
Shooting was a strength over the opening weekend with the team converting nearly 50 percent of its shots through transition and set offenses.
The Golden Rams opened with a 91-78 win over Milwaukee Area Technical College Nov. 8 thanks to shooting .485 in the first half and built on that start to lead 78-50 in the second half.
Milwaukee cut the lead within nine points with 45 seconds left, but a dunk by Joey Weldon followed by free throws ended the comeback.
Anoka-Ramsey made 10 of 26 three points and 17 of 21 free throws thanks in part to freshman Trent Pollard’s game-high 32 points on 10-17 shooting from the field and Joey Weldon’s double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The following day, Anoka-Ramsey downed Madison College 84-76. Foul trouble plague the Golden Rams in the first half, sending the Wolfpack to the free throw line 22 times, but the Rams maintained a 43-38 lead at the half.
Unable to put Madison away in the second half, the Golden Rams relied on free throws down the stretch after the lead shrank to six in the final minute.
Anoka-Ramsey out-rebounded Madison by 14 and held it to foru of 31 shooting from the three-point line.
Pollard had a game-high 24 points including eight of nine free throws and Weldon had his second double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in 20 minutes.
The Golden Rams used a 17-2 run to propel themselves to a 76-62 home win against St. Thomas JV, Nov. 14 to move to 3-0. The Tommies failed to make a three-pointer in the first half (0-11) and Anoka-Ramsey increased its lead to 29 points less than five minutes into the second half.
Weldon led the way with 18 points and 15 rebounds and Pollard added 13 points and four rebounds. Anthony Brama contributed a season-high 12 points and six rebounds off the bench.
The Golden Rams shooting touch went cold in a 64-51 win against Dakota County Technical College Nov. 21, but Anoka-Ramsey improved to 4-0 after overcoming an early deficit to lead 28-19 at the break thanks in part to 11 DCTC turnovers.
Weldon had a team-high 13 points and eight rebounds, while Pollard added 12 points, four assists and six steals. Lemuel Doe had 11 points off the bench.
Anoka-Ramsey sustained its first loss of season at NJCAA Division I North Dakota School of Science 85-78 Nov. 23.
The Golden Rams led early but the potent North Dakota offense gave it a 39-37 halftime lead. NDSCS converted its free throws making 12-of-13 (23-31 for the game) compared to the Rams four of nine (14-25).
Weldon had his fourth double-double of the young season with a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. Doe added 19 points, six rebounds and four assists.
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