The Marshall boys' basketball team held Sioux Falls Washington to just four fourth-quarter points and left Sioux Falls, S.D., with a 48-40 win in a non-conference border battle against the Warriors.
The Tigers trailed by 10 points in the third quarter, but ramped up their defense and pulled to within two points by the fourth. They then outscored the Warriors 14-4 in the fourth to escape with the win.
Marshall (14-2 overall) got 12 points from Hunter Peterson in the low-scoring game.
Marshall head coach Travis Carroll said a key to the Tigers's win was turnovers. Marshall finished the game with just nine turnovers, while the Warriors had 21. Another stat he pointed out was offensive rebounds. Though the Warriors out-rebounded Marshall 29-24, 11 of the Tigers' rebounds were on the offensive end.
"Our guys responded really well," Carroll said. " It was a physical game and we got off to a slow start for the night. It was a low-scoring game, but our guys fought through some adversity and responded well and came out with a big win."
The Tigers held a 13-11 lead after the first quarter, but a sluggish second quarter saw them go into the locker room down 26-21 at the half. Carroll said the energy picked up after the Warriors built a 10-point lead early in the third quarter and the Tigers forced some steals and got some momentum to take the lead and pull away for the win.
Marshall13 21 34 48
S.F. Washington11 26 36 40
Aaron Mathiowetz 2 0-1 5, Hunter Peterson 4 1-3 12, Austin Saugstad 2 2-2 6, Derek Buysse 3 1-2 7, Riley Sharbono 4 0-0 9, Tanner Bukowski 4 0-0 9. Totals 19 6-9 48. 3-pointers 4 Rebounds 24 (Saugstad 5, Bukowski 5) Assists 12 Steals 12 (Saugstad 4, Bukowski 4) Blocks 1 Turnovers 9 Total Fouls 10.
Sioux Falls Washington (40)
Brett Stanley 9 1-2 19, Kevin Nelson 1 2-2 4, Alex Willis 2 0-0 5, Austin Benson 3 0-0 6, Grant Lewis 3 0-0 6. Totals 18 2-2 40. 3-pointers 2 Rebounds 29 Assists 6 Steals 6 Blocks 2 Turnovers 21 Total Fouls 11.
Austin Saugstad and Tanner Bukowski each had four steals for the Tigers in the win. Bukowski and Riley Sharbono each finished with nine points.
Washington got 19 points from Brett Stanley, who was 9-for-12 from the field. No other Warrior scored more than six.
The Tigers are back in action on Tuesday when they have a Southwest Conference road game against Redwood Valley.