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Forum staff reports, Published February 01 2013

Lien breaks school scoring record as Spuds hand Brainerd its first loss

MOORHEAD – Moorhead boys basketball coach Corey Zimmerman put it simply when describing Aaron Lien’s 53-point performance Friday against Brainerd.

“They just couldn’t stop him,” Zimmerman said.

Lien, a senior forward, broke the Spuds’ school record for single-game scoring, leading Moorhead to a 95-93 victory against previously unbeaten Brainerd in Minnesota Class 4A, Section 8 action.

And that wasn’t the only record that Lien broke. According to a study published in The Forum on Wednesday, the previous high point total scored by a Fargo-Moorhead metro player was 51 by Jake Driscoll of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in 2006.

The previous Moorhead record was 44 set by John Kaeding in the mid-1960s.

The Spuds trailed by six at halftime and were behind by double digits in the second half. But Moorhead (10-5, 5-0) slowly closed the gap.

“As the game progressed in the second half, he was able to slash his way through,” Zimmerman said of Lien. “He kind of slithered his way to the basket. He was going between defenders.”

The Spuds led 95-93 in the final seconds. The Warriors (14-1, 5-1) had one last chance to win the game, but a last-second 3-point attempt did not fall.

“My expectations were they’re going to be tough,” Zimmerman said of Brainerd. “They have a roster full of seniors. They’re seasoned veterans. … I knew we were in for a battle tonight.”

While Zimmerman said Lien appreciates the record, the victory against a previously unbeaten opponent meant a lot more to him.

Lien will play collegiately at Minnesota State Moorhead.

“Aaron’s a team guy,” Zimmerman said. “He doesn’t think too much about these records or what-not. He just wants to play hard. He wants his teammates to play hard. And he wants to win. … That’s all you can ask for from the guy.”

Half: B 42, M 36

B: T. Sauer 6, J. Sauer 20, Huber 4, Blong 17, Comstock 32, Haug 8, Bowman 3.

M: Dobbins 8, Dorow 3, Kraiter 3, Lawrence 4, Doeden 3, Nelson 18, Stich 3, Lien 53.