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Boys basketball: Rosemount's win streak ends against Jefferson

Rosemount wasn't able to carry its early-season success into the start of its South Suburban Conference schedule last week.

The Irish saw their six-game winning streak come to an end with a 61-54 setback against Bloomington Jefferson in their league home opener last Tuesday at Irish Gym, then dropped their second in a row when they scored a season-low 45 points in a 14-point loss at Prior Lake Friday.

"We did not play with the same energy and effort that we had been playing with during our six-game winning streak. We will learn from this and get better as a team in order to be at our best in March," Rosemount coach Bryan Schnettler said. "You need to show up every night in this conference and we didn't do that this week."

The Irish started out cold against Jefferson and went into halftime trailing 28-14. Six-foot-eight senior Matt Nelson helped close the gap with a game-high 20 points and sophomore guard Cole Northwick knocked down four three-pointers en route to 12 points, but no other Rosemount player scored more than six.

Brandon Forcier grabbed a team-high eight rebounds to go along with six points.

Another low-scoring first half put the visiting Irish in a hole early against Prior Lake. The Lakers led 27-18 by halftime and held Rosemount to 32 percent shooting from the floor in a 59-45 victory.

Nelson finished with a double-double, scoring 19 points and hauling in 12 rebounds. Garrett Goetz added 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out.

The Irish (6-4) resumed conference play Tuesday night with a home game against Lakeville South. They're back on the road tomorrow night at Bloomington Kennedy.