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Owens earns first win as UGF men top Alberta-Augustana

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TJ Harris is one of the few University of Great Falls men's basketball players who has logged a lot of minutes on the floor of the McLaughlin Center.

On Saturday the senior point guard took over when the Argonauts needed him the most as he sparked a 72-66 come-from-behind victory over Alberta-Augustana in the Argos' season-opener.

“We are a young team and we knew we're going to have to work hard,” Harris said. “We know it's not going to be easy. It's going to be a grind. I just didn't want to lose.”

Harris poured in a game-high 28 points. His 3-pointer with 5:10 to play regained the lead for the Argos (1-0), and UGF never trailed again as first-year head coach Anthony Owens earned his first career victory.

“(TJ) did a little bit of everything,” Owens said. “I played him way more than I expected to. I expected to cut his minutes down. He plays like I want them to play – every night, every single possession.”

The Argos led 37-36 at the half, but the Vikings appeared to be pulling away midway through the second half as they opened up a 63-53 lead.

The Argos countered with a 14-0 run – including a 3-pointer from Harris and a transition basket following a key block from Dalton Groenewold – and took a 67-63 lead.

The Vikings never got closer than two the rest of the way as UGF held Alberta-Augustana without a field goal for the final 8:25.

“The first half we were giving up a lot of drives and we were closing out too hard,” Harris said. “We just clamped down in the last eight minutes and got stops.”

Freshman Sergio Berkley scored 11 points, and transfer Steven Daho grabbed 10 rebounds for the Argos. Daniel Arcau led the Argos with 12 boards.

Harris added four steals and a pair of rebounds to go with three 3-pointers.

“I just want to make the players around me better,” Harris said. “If that's me getting points or me getting other people shots, then that's what I have to do.”

Darain Smigorowsky scored 22 points, while Cole Aikens and Josh Nicol each had 11 for the Vikings. Taylor Foreman grabbed 13 boards.

The teams square off again Sunday at 2 p.m. at the McLaughlin Center.

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