WOODBURY — A strong second half and a big advantage at the free throw line carried Stillwater to a 68-60 Suburban East Conference boys’ basketball victory over 10th-ranked East Ridge on Tuesday night.
The Ponies (5-3 SEC, 9-4) trailed by three points at halftime, but used a 41-30 run in the second half to knock East Ridge (6-2, 12-3) out of a tie with Roseville (7-1, 13-3) atop the conference standings.
“They’ve been playing awfully well so this was huge,” Ponies coach Randy Jordan said. “We knew it was going ot be tough and this was a little bit of a confidence builder to come away with a win on that floor.”
The Raptors jumped out to an eight-point lead early, but Tony Lennox helped rally Stillwater off the bench with two 3-pointers. Stillwater took the lead early in the second half and never gave it back while limiting putting the clamps down on East Ridge defensively.
“We picked up the tempo the second half,” Jordan said. “We held them to 15 points the first 14 or 15 minutes of the second half.”
Stillwater drained six 3-pointers, but did much of its damage inside with Andrew Duxbury (16), Joe Quinn (12) and Chad Schlosser (10) scoring most of their points from close range. Matt Anderson finished with just five points, but also collected several assists while battling against East Ridge’s 6-foot-8 post player Conrad Sexe and 6-9 reserve Ryan Keenan.
Duxbury converted 10-12 attempts at the free throw line and the Ponies outscored East Ridge from there 22-6 overall.
East Ridge’s Jake Knupp drained three 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead all scorers.
Stillwater 27 41 — 68
East Ridge 30 30 — 60
Stillwater (pts): Sam Lagus 6, Aaron Romportl 8, Andrew Duxbury 16, Tony Lennox 9, Joe Quinn 12, Matt Anderson 5, Chad Schlosser 10 and Joel Malwitz 2.
East Ridge: Brian Ishola 10, Jake Knupp 23, Xavier Cole 6, Sid Tomes 6, Colin Masgai 2, Ryan Mathis 4, Parker Moquist 3 and Conrad Sexe 6.
3-pointers: St (6): Romportl 2, Lennox 3 and Quinn; ER (6): Knupp 3, Cole, Tomes and Moquist.
Free throws: St, 22-29; ER, 6-9.
Fouls: St, 8; ER, 21.
Fouled out: none.