The Rochester John Marshall Rockets defeated the Owatonna Huskies 76-50 Saturday night in Owatonna in a Big Nine Conference game that was virtually never in doubt.  Minnesota's top college recruit senior 6'9 Matthew Hurt led the Rockets with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in limited minutes because the game had running time in the second half.

Hurt hit is first three shots all from three point range and had 17 points and 8 rebounds at the half.  He didn't score in the second half until the 13:15 mark and really didn't look to score during the stretch.  Hurt's last field goal was a two handed dunk following a steal.  John Marshall junior Lincoln Meister is a nice compliment to Hurt with more of an inside game.  Virtually all his 17 points came from the paint.  He added six rebounds.  Guard senior Simon Werven collected 16 points.

Owatonna was led by junior Simon Havelka with 12 points ,freshman post Evan Dushek with 11 points, senior Steven Eckard had 11 points and senior Jack Hanson 10 points in the game.  The Huskies were much better from the free throw line at home than they were Tuesday against the Faribault Falcons.  Tuesday they were 5 for 20 but tonight hit 15 of 20 free throws.

The Rockets were 13 of 18 from the charity stripe.  I had them with 12 turnovers and Owatonna 13 turnovers.  John Marshall scored 12 points off turnovers.

Other boys basketball results Saturday:

  • Mankato East 81  Marshall 69
  • Hayfield 56  Kingsland 46
  • Waseca 87  St. Peter 69
  • Prior Lake 64  New Prague 54
  • Cleveland 49  Sleepy Eye 43
  • Winona 63  Irondale 49
  • Mayer Lutheran 50  Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 43
  • Mankato Loyola 71  St. John's Prep 56
  • Minneapolis North 79  Caledonia 74
  • Jordan 64  Providence Academy 62
  • Rochester Lourdes 81  Leroy-Ostrander 52

Girls basketball scores from Saturday:

  • Hayfield 50  Kingsland 30
  • Waseca 67  Kasson-Mantorville 50
  • Goodhue 53  Mountain Iron-Buhl  43 (Lexie Lodermeier 23 points,15 rebounds. Joslyn Carlson 13 points 11 rebounds, Arianna Thomforde 12 points for Goodhue)
  • Grand Meadow 65  NRHEG 50
  • Norwood-Young America 80  Lake CIty 78 (Overtime)
  • Apple Valley 63  Minnetonka 46
  • St. Peter 65  LeSueur-Henderson 34
  • Maple River 63  Houston 52
  • Mayer Lutheran 71  Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 60
  • Farmington 53  East Ridge 30
  • Marshall 63  Mankato East 48
  • Jordan 52  Providence Academy 43
  • John Marshall 66  Owatonna 40
  • Pine Island 52  Chatfield 48
Matthew Hurt Shoots Free Throw at Owatonna. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld