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Cougars snap Tigers’ win streak, 71-61

February 6, 2012
Marshall Independent

In the midst of a seven-game win streak, the Marshall boys basketball team got vengeance for some of its early-season losses this past week.

First, the Tigers defeated ranked Redwood Valley 54-52 on Tuesday after losing 78-67 to the Cardinals back on Dec. 13. Then on Friday, Marshall defeated Luverne 66-48, the same team that topped the Tigers 75-68 in overtime on Jan. 10.

On Saturday, Marshall had revenge on its mind one more time against Mankato East, who beat the Tigers 89-80 in overtime on Dec. 28 at Southwest Minnesota State.

But this time, Marshall was unable to get its vengeance, as the Cougars came away with the 71-61 non-conference win Saturday in Mankato.

"It was a tough game with a tough environment," said Tigers head coach Tom Critchley. "It was a very physical game. Our kids did a great job of competing. They kept it in the four to eight-point range but Mankato would stretch it out to 10 or 11."

Mankato East (15-4 overall) jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never let up, dealing Marshall its first loss since Jan. 10. The Tigers drop to 13-7.

Keeping Marshall in the hunt was guard Shawn Tykwinski, who shot 6 of 12 from three-point range to finish with a team-high 18 points. Mason Schnaible put together a solid first half, finishing with 12 points.

"Mason would come back and hit a big bucket whenever Mankato would score," Critchley said.

"Aaron Mathiowetz also had a good game. Despite being out-sized, he grabbed 10 boards, so I was very happy with his play."

Shooting 12-for-34 from beyond the arc, the Tigers wanted to get up and down the court. But Critchley said his team struggled to get easy hoops, whether it was getting to the free-throw line (5 of 13) or getting transition buckets.

"We didn't have a lot of opportunities in transition," Critchley said. "They're a good rebounding team and it was hard to find easy buckets. We shot well, but we struggled to get any of those easy hoops."

The Cougars had five players score in double digits, led by Brody Ziegler's 13 points and nine rebounds. Taylor Heyenga, EJ Haymore and Brandon Kowalski all finished with 12 points.

On Thursday, the Tigers are back in Southwest Conference action, hosting Pipestone Area. Marshall won the first meeting against the Arrows with a 58-28 victory on Jan. 13 in Pipestone.

Marshall (61)

Tanner Bukowski 1 0-0 3, Lee Christianson 3 3-4 10, Tyus DeBoer 1 1-2 3, Aaron Mathiowetz 2 0-0 4, Hunter Peterson 2 0-0 5, Austin Saugstad 3 0-3 6, Mason Schnaible 4 1-2 12, Shawn Tykwinski 6 0-0 18. Totals 22 5-13 61. Three-Pointers 12 (Tykwinski 6) Rebounds 31 (Mathiowetz 10) Assists 17 (Christianson 4) Steals 8 Blocks 1 (Schnaible) Turnovers 16 Total Fouls 23.

Mankato East (71)

Taylor Heyenga 5 2-3 12, EJ Haymore 4 4-10 12, Brandon Kowalski 3 5-9 12, Brett Olson 3 2-4 10, Yasin Omar 2 2-2 7, Aron Peterson 2 0-0 5, Brody Ziegler 5 3-4 13. Totals 24 18-32 71. Three-Pointers 5 (Olson 2) Rebounds 47 (Haymore 9, Ziegler 9) Assists 15 (Haymore 4, Ziegler 4) Steals 9 (Olson 3) Blocks 0 Turnovers 17 Total Fouls 13.

Halftime Score: Mankato East 36, Marshall 28.



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