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Forum staff reports, Published February 09 2013

Lien breaks Moorhead scoring record in Spuds' victory

WILLMAR, Minn. ¬¬– Aaron Lien remembers watching Jordan Driscoll play for the Moorhead boys basketball team prior to Driscoll graduating in 2008. Little did Lien – now a Spuds senior – know back then that one day he would break Driscoll’s school scoring record.

Lien scored 20 points as Moorhead rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat Willmar 64-59 on Saturday.

Lien now has 1,655 career points breaking Driscoll’s career mark at Moorhead.

“I remember watching (Driscoll) play and always thinking that someday I would get my chance to put on the Spuds uniform,” Lien said.

Lien knew entering Saturday’s game that he was within striking distance of the record. But when he hit the basket that broke the mark during the second half, he was too focused on the Spuds’ rally to realize that the record was his.

“We slowly chipped away at (the lead) and had some players step up and make plays when we needed them to,” Lien said. “We never quit on it. We just kept fighting and chipping away at the lead and were able to find ourselves in a position to close it out in the end.”

Lien scored 14 of his 20 points Saturday in the second half. The forward is headed to Minnesota State Moorhead next season to play basketball.

“He’s got a number of tools in his bag,” said Spuds assistant coach Chad Durand. “He can get to the basket and finish. He can shoot off the dribble. … He’s got a number of ways he can find his points. He’s a tireless worker.”

Durand filled in for head coach Corey Zimmerman, who missed the game with the flu.

Austin Nelson added 19 points for the Spuds.

Austin Rambow led the Cardinals with 19 points.

“In the second half, things were able to open up a little bit more for us,” Durand said. “Today was a day that (Lien) worked his tail off to get what he had.”

Half: W 36, M 21

M: Dobbins 9, Lien 20, Dorow 9, Swenson 1, Lawrence 6, Nelson 19.

W: Leuce 5, Geurtz 5, Schueler 6, Magnuson 4, Johnson 16, Rambow 19.