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Ridgewater routs West behind Sussenguth's 30

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WORTHINGTON -- Casey Sussenguth poured in 30 points and Cory Nietfeld recorded a double-double as Ridgewater belted Minnesota West 93-73 in an MCAC junior college men's basketball game on Saturday.

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Sussenguth connected on 12-of-16 shots from the field and 5-of-5 free throws. Nietfeld delivered 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Warriors improved to 8-4 in the Southern Division and 16-10 overall.

The Warriors will begin state tournament playoff action on Friday in Minneapolis.

Ridgewater led 46-39 at halftime and was never headed. The Warriors made 41-of-84 shots (49 percent) from the field while Minnesota West made only 38 percent.

Derek Eisenschenk also turned in a solid performance for Ridgewater with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. He made three of the Warriors' five 3-pointers. Ben Moser added 14 points and seven rebounds.

Stevie Statz had 19 points for Minnesota West.

Ridgewater 93, Minnesota West 73

Ridgewater (8-4, 16-10) 46 47 -- 93

Minnesota West 39 34 -- 73

RIDGEWATER - 41-84 FG (5-8 3-pt); 6-7 FT; 45 rebounds; 13 fouls ... Scoring: Ben Moser 14, Shawn Neu 4, Beau Bredeson 2, Dan Hennen 8, Derek Eisenschenk 17, Casey Sussenguth 30, Tom Boike 4, Cory Nietfeld 18 ... 3-point shots: Eisenschenk 3, Moser 1, Sussenguth 1 ... Rebound leaders: Nietfeld 10, Moser 7, Eisenschenk 6 ... Assist leaders: Bredeson 7, Eisenschenk 5, Nietfeld 4 ... Steal leaders: Bredeson 3

MINNESOTA WEST - 27-71 FG (11-36 3-pt); 8-14 FT; 27 rebounds; 11 fouls ... Scoring: Stevie Statz 19, Josh VanDuyn 10, Devon Harrell 9, Lon Eischenberger 3, Aaron Delaney 10, Jordan Buddenhagen 7, John Jones 5, Cory Leener 5, Can Stryzinski 5 ... 3-point shots: Statz 4, Harrell 3, Eichenberger 1, Buddenhagen 1, Jones 1, Leener 1 ... Rebound leaders: Delaney 8, VanDuyn 7 ... Assist leader: Delaney 5 ... Steal leader: Leener 4

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