Anoka-Ramsey Community College Men’s basketball team defeated Riverland Community College 75-70 in MCAC Southern Division action, Wednesday, Jan. 13.
An aggressive defensive performance from the start was the key for the Golden Rams. Anoka-Ramsey forced 12 turnovers in the first half, including eight steals, to take a 10-point halftime lead 44-34.
The Golden Rams scored 18 points off those 12 Riverland turnovers, many of which were transition layups. Thanks to the defensive effort, Anoka-Ramsey finished the first half shooting a blistering 55.9 percent, and recorded 14 assists on their 19 made shots.
After a lackluster beginning to the second half, the Golden Rams once again found their defensive rhythm and continued to force turnovers and contested shots. Some shooting late in the game allowed Riverland to cut the Anoka-Ramsey lead to two points on a couple occasions, but clutch free throws by Charley Baker and Mohamed Camara allowed the Golden Rams to hang on for the victory.
Anoka-Ramsey out-shot Riverland 45.9 percent to 42.1 percent. The Golden Rams scored 32 points off 20 Riverland turnovers compared to just 4 points on nine Anoka-Ramsey turnovers for Riverland. Quincy Bethea Jr. had another strong all-around performance with 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and two steals.
Trey Scott scored 19 points to go along with three steals. Charley Baker (12 points, five rebounds, four assists), Mohamed Camara (11 points, four assists, three steals), and Ben Snyder (11 points) rounded out the double-figure scorers for Anoka-Ramsey.
Anoka-Ramsey improves their record to 8-8 on the season, 1-1 in the MCAC.
The Golden Rams are back in action against MSCTC-Fergus Falls, Saturday, Jan. 16, 3 p.m. at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Gymnasium.
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ABOUT ANOKA-RAMSEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Anoka-Ramsey Community College, with campuses in Cambridge and Coon Rapids, has been a leading provider of higher education and training in East Central Minnesota since 1978 and the north suburban area of Minneapolis/St. Paul since 1965. Annually, the college serves more than 10,000 learners of all ages as they pursue associate degrees that transfer as the first two years of a bachelor's degree, or certificate programs that lead immediately to rewarding careers. In fiscal year 2008, the Continuing Education and Customized Training division generated more than 4,800 registrations in both credit and non-credit courses. Anoka-Ramsey Community College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, which includes 32 institutions on 54 campuses.