The Huskies trailed Rochester Mayo by five at the half but outscored the Spartans 47-29 in the second half and won 79-66 Friday night at OHS.

Owatonna looked to go to the hoop more in the second half after shooting 3-for-15 on three-point attempts in the first half. Coach Josh Williams said the improved half-court defense in the second half was a key to the victory. Dalton Kubista poured in 29 points with a trio of three pointers. Jay Sullivan scored 15 points to go along a team-leading seven rebounds, five assists and no turnovers.

Jason Williamson added 12 and Andrew Jackson chipped in eight. Each player had a dunk in the closing minute as the Huskies (4-3, 3-2 in Big Nine) finally shook off the persistent Spartans (2-7, 1-4). Owatonna plays a home makeup game with Winona Saturday night at 7:30PM.

Scoreboard, Friday, January 6
Boys basketball
Austin 68, Northfield 60
Faribault 63, Red Wing 58
Faribault Bethlehem Academy 53, United South Central 47
Maple River 71, Blooming Prairie 46
Owatonna 79, Rochester Mayo 66
Rochester John Marshall 81, Mankato East 57
WEM 69, Tri-City United 45
Winona 77, Albert Lea 41

Girls basketball
Cannon Falls 49, Triton 27
Mankato East 49, Rochester John Marshall 42
Mankato West 61, Rochester Century 48
Maple River 49, Blooming Prairie 40
Northfield 57, Austin 56
Red Wing 43, Faribault 39
WEM 44, Medford 39
Winona 54, Albert Lea 26

Boys hockey
Dodge County 4, Windom Area 2
Eveleth-Gilbert 7, Albert Lea 3
Hibbing/Chisholm 5, Rochester Mayo 1
Rochester Lourdes 5, Hutchinson 1

Girls hockey
Breck 2, Dodge County 0
Tartan 1, Faribault 0

Junior hockey
Steele County Blades 7, PAL Junior Islanders 5