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Washington edges Flora Macdonald for win

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By OWEN REITZEL

The Daily Republic

Sioux Falls Washington raced to a 10-0 first-half lead and hung on to defeat Flora Macdonald (N.C.) 47-46 at the Fourth Annual Mike Miller Classic Saturday.

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The Cougars managed to cut the deficit to 24-19 with just over a minute left in the half but baskets by Austin Heins and Deng Geu gave the Warriors a 28-19 lead at intermission.

“Early on we were knocking down shots and moving the ball and getting layups,” said Warrior coach Craig Nelson. “They weren’t shooting it well.”

Washington increased the lead to 37-23 with just under 12 minutes in the game and looked to be in control of the contest, but Flora Macdonald was far from done.

The Cougars held Washington scoreless over a six-minute span and climbed back into the game.

The Cougars took their only lead of the game with 24 seconds to play on a long three-point shot from sophomore standout Shaun Kirk, giving Flora Macdonald a 46-45 lead.

But with 17.8 seconds left on the clock, Washington’s Geu was fouled and the junior calmly hit two free throws for the win.

Flora Macdonalds’s Deshawn Patterson missed a short shot at the buzzer and the comeback fell short.

“That was a funny game,” said Nelson. “It had a weird atmosphere and a weird feel to it.”

The Warriors were led by Geu with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Kirk led the Cougars with 17 points and Saleik Edwards with 14 points. “We were on our heels in the first half,” said Flora Macdonald coach Derrick Bond. “In the second half, we emphasized on attacking and upping the tempo and we became more active.”

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