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UNI recruit Noah Carter, Dubuque Senior knock off MVC's final unbeaten

Cedar Rapids Prairie falls for first time in league, 66-60

Dubuque Senior's Erik Tupper celebrates Noah Carter's return from injury before their game against Dubuque Wahlert on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Dubuque Telegraph Herald)
Dubuque Senior's Erik Tupper celebrates Noah Carter's return from injury before their game against Dubuque Wahlert on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Dubuque Telegraph Herald)

CEDAR RAPIDS — NOW all 16 teams in the Mississippi Valley Conference have at least one league loss.

“Best conference in the state,” said Dubuque Senior’s Noah Carter, after his team knocked off Class 4A seventh-ranked Cedar Rapids Prairie, 66-60, Thursday night.

Carter is one of the best players in the state. The 6-foot-5 senior had 26 points and nine rebounds, showing off a lethal inside-outside game and getting just about every Prairie big-man defender in foul trouble.

On the block, the Northern Iowa signee has good footwork and the ability to go lefty or righty. He made three 3-point attempts here, too,

Had he been able to make free throws, the point total would have been even higher. Normally an 80-percent shooter from the stripe, he was just 5 of 10.

“Carter is a very good player and showed why tonight,” said Prairie Coach Jeremy Rickertsen. “I thought they did a good job of taking away some of the stuff we like to do.”

Prairie (6-2, 5-1 in the Mississippi Division) had a four-point lead after a quarter, but Senior (5-2, 5-1) put up 23 second-quarter points for a five-point halftime edge. The Rams' lead grew to as many as 15 in the fourth, as they dictated tempo, regularly got back defensively to stop Prairie’s running game and did a good job of defending the 3-pointer.

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Senior was expected to be one of the top clubs in 4A coming into this season, but hasn’t played with its intended lineup. Guard Sam Link missed the first two games with an injury, and now guard Marshaun Carroll (the Rams’ second-leading scorer) is out with a knee injury incurred in practice.

That’s kind of the way it has gone for a group that has played lots of successful basketball together but just hasn’t been able to stay completely healthy. Carter missed two months last season after developing compartment syndrome after bruising a thigh in practice.

“Our team, for three years, we’ve gone through it. We’re used to it, I guess,” he said. “We’re a tight group, so if anything happens, we’re going to stay together. We’re going to progress through it. I’m not really worried.”

Rickertsen isn’t, either. Keegan Murray led Prairie with 21 points.

Kris Murray came in as the Hawks’ leading scorer but fouled out with only 10 points, nine under his average.

“(After the game), we talked about how it’s still early, we’re only about one-third of the way through our game schedule. A little more than that,” Rickertsen said. “The thing that matters now is what we do tomorrow. We need to get back to work and have a championship-level practice and move forward.”

AT CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE

DUBUQUE SENIOR (66): Nick Timmerman 4-6 4-7 13, Landon Hermsen 4-7 0-0 8, Noah Carter 9-18 5-11 26, Sam Link 3-5 1-2 8, Cooper Medinger 1-2 6-7 8, Daquon Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Jim Bonifas 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Vandermillen 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 22-39 16-27 66.

C.R. PRAIRIE (60): Keegan Murray 7-11 4-4 21, Kris Murray 4-9 2-3 10, Harrison Cook 5-5 0-2 11, Gabe Burkle 3-5 2-4 8, Logan Burg 3-8 0-0 6, Max Lampe 0-2 0-0 0, Garrett Pientok 0-0 1-2 1, Jonathan Mullins 0-1 0-0 0, Caleb Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Johnny Joens 1-6 1-1 3. Totals 23-47 10-16 60.

Halftime — Senior 32, Prairie 27. 3-point goals — Senior 6-10 (Timmerman 1-2, Hermsen 0-1, Carter 3-4, Link 1-2, Vandermillen 1-1), Prairie 4-15 (Ke. Murray 3-6, Kr. Murray 0-3, Cook 1-1, Lampe 0-1, Joens 0-4). Rebounds — Senior 25 (Carter 9), Prairie 24 (Ke. Murray 5). Total fouls — Senior 17, Prairie 22. Fouled out — Kr. Murray. Turnovers — Senior 10, Prairie 11.

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