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Tigers’ D roughs up Trojans in Southwest road win

February 17, 2012
Marshall Independent

After putting together a solid first half, the Marshall boys basketball team turned it on in the second half to blow by Worthington 81-57 in Southwest Conference play on Thursday night.

"Going into the game we talked about having a lot of focus on the offensive end and positive energy," said Marshall head coach Tom Critchley. "We haven't had a game where we've played well at both ends of the floor. Tonight we were solid all 94 feet."

The Tigers (15-8 overall, 9-2 SWC) were able to build a double-digit lead in the first half, but a handful of three-pointers from the Trojans (15-6, 7-4) made it a four-point game, 37-33, going into the half.

"We got off to a great start," Critchley said. "Worthington came down and hit a couple threes and hit an old-fashioned three and we missed a couple of layups.

"We talked about playing hard. We had a lot of good things going on and we felt it was only a matter of time before we broke things open."

In the second half Marshall took control, pumping out 44 points to Worthington's 20 with tough defense.

"We had player after player stepping up and making plays. It wasn't one person, it was a total team effort," Critchley said. "I was very pleased with how focused and determined every one of our guys were."

Austin Saugstad led the Tigers with 16 points, while Lee Christianson was right behind him with 15.

Mason Schnaible rounded out the scorers in double digits with 13 points, but another four players had at least seven in the game, including Tanner Bukowski with nine and Derek Buysse, Tyus DeBoer and Hunter Peterson each adding seven.

The Tigers will be in action again next Friday when they play host to Windom Area in their final conference game of the year.

"We saw how well we can play when we are focused," Critchley said. "We want to keep building upon this. Our goal is to be playing our best basketball at the end of the year and tonight was a big step in that direction."

Marshall (81)

Tanner Bukowski 4 1-1 9, Derek Buysse 3 0-0 7, Lee Christianson 6 0-1 15, Tyus DeBoer 2 3-4 7, Aaron Mathiowetz 1 1-2 3, Hunter Peterson 2 2-3 7, Spencer Petrich 1 0-0 2, Austin Saugstad 6 2-2 16, Mason Schnaible 5 2-2 13, Alex Werner 1 0-0 2. Totals 31 11-15 81. Three-Pointers 8 (Christianson 3, Saugstad 2, Buysse 1, Peterson 1, Schnaible 1). Rebounds 34 (Christianson 7, Mathiowetz 7). Assists 16 (Mathiowetz 4, Peterson 4). Steals 10 (Peterson 4). Blocks 1 (Werner) Turnovers 14.

Worthington (57)

Will Dudley 1 0-0 2, Dylan Gravenhof 1 0-0 2, Lucas Henning 3 0-0 8, Marcus Potter 1 0-0 3, Jon Reller 2 0-3 4, Morgan Traylor 4 0-0 8, Josh VanderVeen 1 0-0 2, Jon Vorwald 2 0-0 5, Mitch Weg 8 5-6 21, Dan Wetering 0 2-2 2. Totals 23 7-11 57. Three-Pointers 4 (Henning 2, Potter 1, Vorwald 1). Rebounds 29. Assists 14. Steals 8. Turnovers 15.

Halftime Score: Marshall 37, Worthington 33.

 
 

 

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