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Lourdes stifles Stewartville

CORRECTION RAN TUESDAY (1/29/02)

Jeff Poterucha was misidentified in the Lourdes-Stewartville boys basketball story on Page 4C Saturday.

----------------------------------------------------------- Rochester Lourdes poured in 41 points in the first half and rolled to an easy 74-37 win over visiting Stewartville in a Hiawatha Valley League boys basketball game Friday night at Lourdes.

Lourdes' aggressive defense caused the bulk of Stewartville's 27 turnovers, and reserve players made a big impact for the Eagles.

"It was our defense again that generated some of our offense," Lourdes coach Rich Decker said.

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Lourdes (13-1, 9-0) gained some breathing room in the HVL Gold Division, thanks to Byron's win over Winona Cotter. Stewartville (1-11, 1-8) is in the Gold Division basement.

A 25-point second quarter gave Lourdes a 41-19 lead -- and all the points the Eagles would need -- by halftime.

Scott Turner scored 16 points, near his season average, to pace Lourdes. Tyler Even just missed a double-double, with 10 points and nine rebounds. Jay Kasner and Pat Jewison came off the bench to combine for 19 points.

Decker said that the gradual return of Andy Poterucha has helped his team's depth. Poterucha returned two weeks ago from a broken leg he suffered in football.

Lourdes plays a non-conference game at Wabasha-Kellogg (2-10) tonight at 7:30, and is at Triton (1-11) on Tuesday.

STEWARTVILLE (37)

Jason Ferrie 6, Mitch Hanson 3, Gavin Hofer 4, Brandon Howard 2, Isaac Johnson 0, Andy Langseth 0, Brandon Ness 4, Eric Schroeder 15, Brent Swygman 1, Zach Thompson 2.

ROCHESTER LOURDES (74)

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Scott Allen 2, Tim Deutsch 0, Tyler Even 10, Ted Garry 11, Jace Hadaway 3, Pat Jewison 9, Jay Kasner 10, Tyler Kodet 3, Vy Nguyen 0, Tom Nigon 2, Jeff Poterucha 3, Andy Schulte 0, Scott Turner 16, Matt Warner 5.

Quarter scores

Stewartville 6 19 23 37

; Lourdes 16 41 59 74

; Three-point goals -- Stewartville 3 (Ferrie 2, Hanson 1), Lourdes 6 (Garry 3, Turner 2, Kodet 1).

Free throws -- Stewartville 2-6, Lourdes 13-22.

Fouled out -- None.

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