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Boys Basketball: Morris Area takes down Benson for third time

MORRIS -- Corey Nohl came off the bench and scored a career-high 16 points as Morris clipped Benson 78-62 in a Section 6AA-South semifinal game on Saturday at UM-Morris.

"That was his best game of the year," said Morris coach Mark Torgerson. "Not only did he give us a spark with his scoring, buyt I thought he did a great job defensively, too."

Nohl, who had been averaging only 4.5 points-per-game entering the game, hit 6-of-7 shots and 3-of-4 free throws.

Morris (22-4) will face Staples-Motley (20-7) in the 6AA-South final at 8 p.m. Tuesday at UM-Morris. The 6AA championship will be played Saturday night in St. Cloud.

It was the third time this season that Morris has beaten Benson, winning 65-45 Jan. 10 in Benson and 62-49 Feb. 7 in Morris, both in West Central South Conference games.

"We match up a little better with Benson," said Torgerson. "The kids knew what it was going to take to win going into the game."

Benson stayed close in the first half with Aaron Lindahl scoring 16 of his game-high 23 points. Lindahl is the area's No. 2 scorer at 27.5.

Chris Scott then scored the first eight points of the second half for Morris.

"We knew we had to stop Lindahl and then (Brennan) Kent got hot," said Torgerson. "So we went to a man-to-man and Nohl really made it tougher for Benson."

Lincoln Arnold led Morris with 20 points and also grabbed five rebounds. Jackson Henrich tossed in 16 points, pulled down eight rebounds and made four steals. Scott finished with 11 points. Tyler Meichsner led with six assists.

Morris also shot well after a dismal shooting night last Thursday in a 51-46 win against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, hitting 55 percent (28-for-51) against the Braves.

Benson also got 18 points and three steals from Kent. Steven James had 10 points. Lindahl also notched 11 rebounds, four assiets and three steals.

Benson shot only 33 percent (20-for-60).

Torgerson feels the Tigers will had to shoot well again to get past Staples-Motley.

"They play one of the toughest schedules in the state," he said. "We know we're going to have play well to beat them."

Morris 78, Benson 62

Benson (16-10) 26 36 -- 62

Morris (22-4) 31 47 -- 78

BENSON - 20-60 FG (6-24 3-pt); 16-29 FT; 41 rebounds; 24 fouls ... Scoring: Daniel Martin 2, Brennan Kent 18, Aaron Lindahl 23, Josh Cluever 2, Steve James 10, Kyle Peterson 2, Cody Jaeger 3, Keagan Pangrac 1 ... 3-point shots: Kent 5, Lindahl 1 ... Rebound leaders: Lindahl 11, James 9 ... Assist leader: Lindahl 4 ... Steal leaders: Kent 3, Lindahl 3

MORRIS - 28-51 FG (4-11 3-pt); 18-31 FT; 30 rebounds; 21 fouls ... Scoring: Cory Hennen 7, Taylor Nohl 2, Tyler Meichsner 6, Corey Nohl 16, Lincoln Arnold 20, Chris Scott 11, Jackson Henrich 16 ... 3-point shots: Meichsner 2, Coiry Nohl 1, Hennen 1 ... Rebound leaders: Henrich 8, Scott 5, Arnold 5... Assist leaders: Meichsner 6 ... Steal leaders: Cory Nohl 3 ... Blocks: Henrich 4