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La Lumiere uses big second half to beat Watertown 76-59

Watertown's Tanner Heiser had the Corn Palace in awe.

The senior guard scored 23 of the Arrows' 29 first-half points, keeping them within three points heading into the locker room against La Lumiere, of La Porte, Ind.

But with lights-out shooting by Oklahoma State signee Detrick Mostella and halting Heiser, in the second half, La Lumiere pulled away to defeat Watertown 76-59 Friday night during the Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Watertown.

"(Heiser) had a great night and we knew he had to against these guys," Watertown head coach Brian Norberg said. "We were elated to be down three at half time. I mean we're playing a nationally ranked team."

The Arrows stayed with La Lumiere from its defensive effort in the first half.

"We weren't shooting great, but our defense rebounded pretty well," said Norberg, whose team was outrebounded just six at the half. "But they're athleticism wore us down in the second half."

La Lumiere (14-1) outscored Watertown 44-30 in the second half and was led by Mostella, who had a team-best 29 points, making seven of La Lumiere's nine 3-pointers.

Sam Logwood scored 16 points and had a game-high nine rebounds.

La Lumiere shot 47 percent from the field, 33 percent from the free-throw line and had seven turnovers.

The Arrows (3-1) shot 36 percent from the field, 59 percent from the free-throw line and had 11 turnovers.

Heiser led all players with 32 points. Watertown's next highest scorer was Trevor Jutting with eight points.

La Lumiere is back in action when it plays Sioux Falls Washington at 5:30 p.m. today.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.