Owatonna led at the half 34-29 but battled foul trouble in the second half and lost to the top-five ranked Cougars 66-62.

Mankato East shot 35 free throws compared to Owatonna's eight. The Huskies (0-1) were led by Dalton Kubista's 16 points. Mason Thein added 13. Eli Havelka and Jay Sullivan each scored eight. Mankato East (2-0) was led by Krisean Coffee with 26 points.

Kubista was named the Kottke Jeweler's diamond player of the game.

The Huskies have their home opener on Tuesday, December 1, versus Rochester Mayo (1-2). The Cougars play at Rochester JM on Tuesday in a battle of top 10-ranked teams.

Boys scores, Tuesday, November 24:
Mankato East 66, Owatonna 62
Austin 74, Kasson-Mantorville 60
Breck 49, Lourdes 45
Byron 72, Simely 70
Cannon Falls 58, Hayfield 33
Faribault Bethlehem Academy 56, Triton 53
Lake City 74, Chatfield 40
Lakeville North 94, Rochester Century 64
Mayer-Lutheran 55, Medford 46
Minnesota Transitions 64, Pine Island 58
Northfield 68, Mankato West 54
Red Wing 60, Faribault 45
Rochester Mayo 79, Albert Lea 66
St. Clair 72, Blooming Prairie 63 (Anthony Nelson led Blossoms with 32 points.)
Waseca 83, Hutchinson 65
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 76, Le Sueur-Henderson 64

The Owatonna girls open their season Monday, November 30, against Mankato West at OHS with radio coverage on KRFO AM 1390.

Brad Fischer, Townsquare Media