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Spuds sink South

Fargo South clamped down on Moorhead in the first half Thursday at the Spuds gym. Tyler Burington made sure the trend didn't last the entire game. The 6-foot senior guard scored a game-high 26 points - including 14 in the second half - to spark M...

Fargo South's Catlin Solum

Fargo South clamped down on Moorhead in the first half Thursday at the Spuds gym.

Tyler Burington made sure the trend didn't last the entire game. The 6-foot senior guard scored a game-high 26 points - including 14 in the second half - to spark Moorhead to a 56-46 victory against the Bruins in boys basketball.

"It just wasn't happening on offense and Tyler bailed us out big time," Spuds coach Chuck Gulsvig said. "You have to give credit to (South). We were not very good on offense because of them."

Burington netted 12 points in the first half to keep the Spuds close. He scored the first seven Moorhead (2-0) points in the second half.

"Always playing South, that gets us pumped up," Burington said. "I was pumped up and ready to go."

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South led 30-28 after Catlin Solum hit a free throw with 13 minutes, 34 seconds to play in the second half. Moorhead took control from that point, responding with a 20-5 run.

Spuds forward Erik Lien keyed the decisive surge with eight points. Lien sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 4:29 remaining to stake the Spuds to a 48-35 lead.

"It's a huge thing around town," Burington said. "In the past few years, we haven't beaten a Fargo team. It puts Moorhead on the map, saying 'You just can't come into our house.' "

South (0-1) held Moorhead to 21 points in the first half on 6-for-17 shooting from the floor. The Bruins took a 25-21 lead into halftime, getting nine points from Remington Utgaard and eight from Dustin Herrmann in the first half.

"I just like how we played hard," South coach Mike Hendrickson said. "We set the bar pretty high and that is where we need to be at the rest of the year."

The Bruins led by six points twice early in the second half. However, they scored just 10 points in the first 15-plus minutes of the second half. South had 13 turnovers in the second half, while Moorhead had two.

"I think the biggest thing is we got tentative in the second half," Hendrickson said. "Instead of taking the good shot, we tried to get the great shot."

Moorhead defeated St. Cloud Apollo 72-56 at home last Saturday. Apollo started the season ranked No. 4 in Minnesota Class 4A.

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The Spuds followed it up with a victory against the Bruins, ranked No. 5 in North Dakota Class A in the Hoopster boys basketball preview preseason poll.

"I thought Apollo was physical," Gulsvig said. "South was even more physical."

SOUTH (0-1): Solum 0 1-2 1, Allard 1 1-2 3, Kareem 2 0-0 4, Utgaard 8 1-2 17, Aanenson 2 0-2 4, Ju. Seivert 2 0-0 4, Herrmann 5 0-0 10, Jo. Seivert 0 0-0 0, Meyers 0 0-0 0, Felch 1 0-0 3, Dobberstein 0 0-0 0, Erickson 0 0-0 0, Gross 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 3-8 46.

MOORHEAD (2-0): Driscoll 3 0-0 8, Burington 9 6-8 26, Lien 6 1-3 14, Klovstad 1 1-2 3, Van Dyke 0 2-2 2, Burns 0 1-3 1, Matheson 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Clark 1 0-0 2, Nelson 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 11-18 56.

Half: South 25, Moorhead 21. 3-point goals: Felch, Driscoll 2, Burington 2, Lien. Total fouls: South 17, Moorhead 9. Rebounds: South 37 (Aanenson 8), Moorhead 21 (Van Dyke 6). Turnovers: South 20, Moorhead 10.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513

Fargo South's Catlin Solum

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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