Knight#039;s night at Southland

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 28, 2003

A pair of former Southeast Conference rivals came together Monday night for a non-conference clash between neighbors and rivals. The Southland boys' basketball team hosted third-ranked LeRoy-Ostrander, and it was Andrew Knight's night to shine.

Knight, a junior forward for L-O, scored a career-high 19 points as Southland's plan to force Knight to beat them backfired in a 48-36 Cardinal victory. L-O center Chad Orum demanded attention, and when he got surrounded at the high post, there was Knight, alone along the baseline.

"It was a big night for that young man," said L-O coach Russ Foster. "He stepped up and got the job done."

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Knight hit seven field goals from roughly the same range and was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. He also pulled down seven rebounds and defended Southland center Tim Schneider in the fourth quarter when Orum went to the bench in foul trouble.

"The big difference in the game was at the free-throw line and Andrew Knight," said Southland coach Greg Storey. "Andrew Knight was big, it seemed like he was sticking every shot he took tonight.

"He had a lot of 10-foot open shots and he was making every one of them."

Class A's No. 3 LeRoy-Ostrander moved to 15-0 for the season. The Cardinals put their 8-0 conference record on the line again Thursday at Grand Meadow. Friday's visit to Dover-Eyota is a non-conference affair.

"It doesn't get any easier," said Foster, whose team won in Adams for the first time in his four years at the helm. "Everybody played well, I can't think of anybody who didn't play well.

"It was a good high school basketball game, you could definitely tell it was a rivalry game."

Orum scored 10 points and grabbed eight boards for the Cardinals, who extended well against Southland's long-range shooters. The Rebels (8-8, 6-5) had just three three-pointers.

"We held them to 12 in the first half, so our defensive effort was very good again last night," Foster said.

Schneider was Southland's only double-digit scorer with 10 points, and he also pulled down 10 boards for the double-double.

The Rebels play host to Fillmore Central tonight at 7:30 p.m. and go to Wabasha-Kellogg on Friday. Both games are Three Rivers Conference contests.


LEROY-OSTRANDER (48) -- Shane Bunne 0, Brett Mensink 0, Ben Adams 4, Jacob Rowe 7, John Hanks 0, Chris Newton 0, Neil Bucknell 0, Dustin Thorson 8, Chad Orum 10, Andrew Knight 19.

SOUTHLAND (36) -- Steve Snyder 8, Adam Nagele 5, Tim Schneider 10, Dan Bakker 6, Tim Felten 3, Scott Gilles 4, Chad Wilson 0.



Field goals -- L-O 15-45, Sol 14-40.

Three-pointers -- L-O 1 (Rowe), Sol 3 (Snyder 2, Felten).

Free-throws -- L-O 17-23, Sol 5-9.

Rebounds -- L-O 25 (Orum 8, Knight 7), Sol 22 (Schneider 10).