NEW ULM - The Marshall Tigers boys basketball team came to New Ulm with a 23-2 overall record and proved exactly why they are one of the best teams in the state.
The Tigers pounced all over the Eagles early on and allowed just nine points in the second half as they earned the easy 71-31 nonconference victory on senior night at New Ulm high school.
New Ulm's top scorer was Jackson Yackley with 10 points while Marshall's Tanner Bukowski had 12 points. Aaron Mathiowetz and Derek Buysse each scored 10 points for the Tigers.
Despite falling down 7-0 in the opening minutes, New Ulm was able to make a little noise early on. Riley Drahota finally got the Eagles on the board as he bounced into the paint and laid it in and on the following possession Aaron Stark pulled up and got a 3-pointer to roll in that sparked the crowd.
However, Marshall answered back with an 8-0 run and eventually doubled up the Eagles as the Tigers took a 28-14 lead with 6:30 remaining in the second half.
Mulder added a 3-pointer in the final minute of the half and Marshall took a very comfortable 41-22 lead into halftime.
Things didn't get any easier for New Ulm in the second half as the Tigers just ran past the Eagles. A pair of baskets from Mathiowetz and a 3-pointer from Bukowski to open the half bumped the score up to 51-22.
Miller finally ended the drought as he got a tough jumper to go five minutes into the half and Yackley knocked down a 3-pointer in the corner a few possessions later.
Yackley added one more lay-up and Tyler Dittrich scored with 10 minutes to play and that was all the scoring New Ulm could come up with.
"Records and scores are always an indicative of what we as a team have done to improve and how hard we are working," New Ulm head coach Steve Foley said. "Even tonight, even though it was a 40-point game we did things nice things offensively, we just need to put it in the basket. Our transition defense was down tonight, but our half-court defense did a really solid job. Even though the score didn't show it, I thought we played better defense in the second half."
New Ulm (5-21) will be facing Marshall again on Tuesday in the first round of the Section 2AAA.