Marshall boys’ hoops team falls in Willmar

The Marshall boys’ basketball team saw its 11-game winning streak come to an end Tuesday as section foe Willmar capitalized on a poor shooting performance by the Tigers and pulled out a 58-47 win on their home court.

The Tigers jumped out to a 14-2 lead to open the game, but cooled down dramatically as the contest continued and finished shooting just 32 percent from the field.

“We started off the game really well,” Marshall head coach Travis Carroll said. “Our transition offense was really good early on, and then as the game went on we didn’t get as much of that. We hit a stretch there where we just couldn’t hit a shot.”

A player who definitely could hit a shot was Willmar’s Kyler Johnson. He drilled four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points for the Cardinals, who improve to 6-7 on the season.

The Tigers (11-2 overall) were led by Hunter Peterson, who had 20 points and three steals. Austin Saugstad chipped in 11 points in the loss.

After building their early lead, the Tiger trailed 26-21 by halftime. Willmar built its lead to 45-31 with seven minutes left. Marshall made a slight run at the end, but the Cardinals kept hitting shots and held off the rally.

The Tigers had been red-hot entering the contest, and Carroll said he felt the squad cooled off because it wasn’t passing the ball well.

“Overall, we had eight assists and 15 turnovers,” he said. “We’d like to have that flipped around. We didn’t share the ball as well as we had earlier in the year. But Willmar played really well. They’re a good basketball team.”

Marshall will try to begin a new winning streak Saturday when the Tigers hit the road to play Mankato East.