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Luers loses to No. 1 U.S. team

Northland torched the Knights' zone defense.

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 10:14 am

Bishop Luers may be unstoppable throughout this state, but on the two occasions that it has ventured outside of Indiana for boys basketball games this season, it has been sent scurrying back home.

The Knights (10-4) traveled to Columbus, Ohio, Saturday to face Columbus Northland High School and were soundly beaten 88-67 in front of nearly 6,000 fans at the Ohio Play-By-Play Classic. The game was played at Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State and featured three future Buckeyes in Luers' Deshaun Thomas and Northland's Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon.

The Vikings (12-0) are ranked No. 1 in the latest USA Today prep poll and they showed why.

Northland torched the Knight zone defense from the outset and shot 78 percent from the field during the first half, as it led 51-28 at the intermission.

In the defense of Bishop Luers, it was coming off a Friday night 99-78 victory over Summit Athletic Conference rival Harding and then had to hop on a bus early Saturday and travel for more than four hours.

Saturday's defeat was the second time that the Knights had played an out-of-state opponent and fallen. In December, Bishop Luers traveled to an event in Indianapolis and played Detroit Country Day, which is currently ranked 25th in the nation, and lost 93-77.

Thomas led the Knights Saturday with 36 points and nine rebounds.

Sullinger, the reigning Ohio Mr. Basketball, finished with 24 points and nine boards. Weatherspoon notched eight points.

Northland junior point guard Trey Burke, who has committed to play at Penn State, had a stellar outing as he scored 23 points and dished out seven assists.

Bishop Luers also got a solid outing from its junior point guard, as Kenny Mullen finished with 11 points.

The Knights will host SAC-leading Elmhurst at 8 p.m. Friday.