Logan Sussner scores two of his 30 points against an unidentified Luverne defender on Friday night in Luverne.

Luverne holds off Minneota despite Sussner's big game

In a tightly-contested game throughout, Luverne went on an 11-2 run in the midway through the second half and held on for a 75-64 non-conference victory over Minneota on Friday night.

The loss spoiled a stellar performance by Minneota's Logan Sussner, who amassed 30 points, 21 rebounds and four steals.

Minneota (14-11) held a 44-29 rebound advantage in the regular-season finale.

Nolan Boerboom just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds. Riley Buysse sank four 3-pointers for all of his 12 points and also had four rebounds.

The Vikings trailed just 34-32 at halftime in a game in which the lead exchanged hands 14 times. Minneota's biggest lead in the game was 6-2.

The Vikings held a 44-43 advantage before the Cardinals went on their 11-2 run for a 54-46 lead they would not relinquish.

Four players reached double figures for Luverne. Isaiah Bartels led the way with 21 points, followed by Nick Felt with 18, Bailey Cowell with 17 and Gannon Ahrendt with 13.

Minneota hosts Yellow Medicine East at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Section 3A-North opener.

LUVERNE 75, MINNEOTA 64
Minneota (2's, 3's, FT, TP) - Nolan Boerboom 4 3 0-0 17, Riley Buysse 0 4 0-0 12, Jacob Citterman 1 0 0-0 2, Joseph Rybinski 0 0 1-2 1, Alex Saltzer 1 0 0-0 2, Cale Sorensen 0 0 0-0 0, Logan Sussner 10 1 7-10 30. Totals 16 8 8-12 64.
Luverne (2's, 3's, FT, Pts) - Gannon Ahrendt 2 3 0-2 13, Isaiah Bartels 5 2 5-7 21, Bailey Cowell 5 1 4-8 17, Kaden DeSollar 0 0 0-0 0, Nick Felt 6 0 6-6 18, Jayson Rops 3 0 0-1 6, Casey Sehr 0 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 6 15-24 75.

Scoring
Minneota……..…………………………...32 32 - 64
Luverne....……………….....…………..34 41 - 75

Statistics:
SHOOTING: Minneota (2's 16-for-56, 29 percent; 3's 8-for-25, 32 percent; overall 24-for-81, 30 percent) … Luverne (2's 21-for-42, 50 percent; 3's 6-for-18, 33 percent; overall 27-for-60, 45 percent).
REBOUNDING: Minneota 44 (Sussner 21, Boerboom 9, Buysse 4, Citterman 4, Sorensen 4, Rybinski 2); Luverne 29.
TURNOVERS: Minneota 12, Luverne 10.
STEALS: Minneota 8 (Sussner 4, Citterman 2, Boerboom 1, Buysse 1); Luverne 11.
ASSISTS: Minneota 9 (Buysse 4, Boerboom 2, Citterman 1, Saltzer 1, Sussner 1); Luverne 9.

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