Highlighting the week, Bryan Rosett became the second Carleton player to record at least 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 200 assists in his career.
The week ahead features four games in which playoff-bound teams square off head to head, as Gustavus and Hamline each tangle with Saint Johnís and St. Thomas.
AUGSBURG 78, SAINT JOHNíS 63
The Auggies combined aggressive defensive play with clutch free throw shooting and a solid night from Andy Grzesiak-Grimm to defeat the Johnnies 78-63. With the win, Augsburg wrapped up its second consecutive MIAC Playoff appearance and moved into a tie for second place.
Augsburgís defense forced 18 Johnnie turnovers, which the Auggies converted into 27 points. At the other end, SJU was only able to force nine Auggie miscues, which resulted in six points for Saint Johnís. Augsburg also connected on 18-of-21 free throws (85.7%), while SJU was 13-of-18 (72.2%).
David Olson scored seven consecutive points midway through the first half, igniting a 13-0 Augsburg run that gave them a 39-25 lead shortly before the half. The Johnnies closed the half with a 6-0 run of their own, sending the teams into the break with Augsburg on top, 39-31.
SJUís roll continued in the opening minutes of the second half, as they outscored the Auggies 13-6, trimming the gap to one. Matthew Quammen drained a trey to kick off a 9-0 run that gave Augsburg some breathing room. From there, they continued to pull steadily away, sewing up the win.
Grzesiak-Grimm posted a double-double, scoring 13 to go with 13 rebounds. Olson added a team-leading 18 points and six assists, while Jon Cassens chipped in 16 points and five assists. Augsburg shot 45.0% from the floor and was 51.7% in the first half.
Saint Johnís shot 51.1% for the night, and hit 54.5% in the first half. Todd Herman, who tallied a game-high 22 points, led them. Aaron Burtzel added 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.
CONCORDIA 78, MACALESTER 50
The Cobbers exploded for 50 second half points, turning a close battle into a cakewalk as they breezed by the Scot, 78-50.
Jonathan Molina hit a buzzer-beating jumper at the half to give Concordia a 26-24 lead. They came out energized in the second half, and opened with a 16-6 burst to push that lead into double digits. They did not look back as the lead grew steadily the rest of the night.
Concordia shot 59.1% from the floor in the second half. They also converted 20-of-21 second half free throws (95.2%) and held a 33-25 edge off the glass. Aaron Lindahl did not miss a shot all night, converting three traditional field goals, a three-pointer and seven free throws to post a team-leading 14 points. John Fraase also scored 14, and grabbed 10 rebounds. Karl Olson added another 14 points, while Darrin Olmscheid chipped in 11 points.
Macalester was led by Colin Keeley, who tallied 12 points off the bench. Jerry Kraus grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists. Holden Bigler-Johnson tallied seven points with four assists.
SAINT MARYíS 98, HAMLINE 77
The Cardinals erupted for a 15-0 run midway through the first half and blasted by the Pipers, 98-77, repaying Hamline for an earlier defeat. Despite the loss, Hamline clinched a berth in the upcoming MIAC Playoffs as Bethel lost.
Hamline led much of the opening seven minutes and held a 21-17 lead at the 13:20 mark of the first half. Lukas Holland drained a jumper to spark the Cards to that 15-0 outburst. Gary Seifert tallied six points in the run. Saint Maryís was just warming up, as they went on to shoot 48.6% in the first half and 51.7% in the second. The lead grew to as many as 20 before the half and the Cards took a 52-36 lead into the break.
The Pipers were able to trim the gap to nine early in the second half but Thomas Sims scored on a layup to start a 13-4 run that put SMU firmly in control. From there, the Cards coasted to the win.
Five SMU players reached double figures, led by Holland, who tallied 22. Chris Palmer added 19 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and three assists. Seifert finished with a career-high 17 points. Will Wright posted 11 points and Sims ended up with 10.
Ray Brown, who scored a game-high 33 points, led Hamline. He added seven rebounds. Noah Aguirre scored 14 points and Carl Hipp added 10. The Pipers were just 3-for-17 (16.7%) from three-point range.
Hamline is off until February 17, when they travel to Saint Johnís. The Pipers host St. Thomas in their regular season finale. Hamline is now 11-7 in conference play and 15-8 overall.
ST. OLAF 77, GUSTAVUS 69 (Overtime)
The Oles roared back from a 15-point deficit, then held on as the Gusties forced overtime, before limiting GAC to two points in the OT to claim a 77-69 win.
Gustavus controlled the tempo in the first half, leading nearly the entire stanza. Back-to-back jumpers by Tyler Grey midway through the first half ignited a 14-0 run that gave the Gusties a 26-13 lead. They kept the lead at or near double figures the rest of the half and took a 43-31 lead into the intermission.
St. Olaf put together a 7-0 run near the midpoint of the second half to trim the gap to three. The Gusties battled to keep the lead but the Oles continued to chip away and with 2:44 left to play Bobby Fong dropped in a jumper to give St Olaf a 64-62 lead. A triple by Mark Torell upped the lead to five but the Gusties fought back and tied the game on a rainbow by Phil Wirtjes with 0:27 to play.
The OT was all Oles, as Fong scored seven points, and the defense limited GAC to a lone basket.
Fong had a career night, scoring 34, with 11 rebounds. He was 12-of-22 from the field and 9-for-13 the charity stripe. Tucker Sheley added 13 points and Alfred Jaryan chipped in nine points with six assists.
Ryan McPartland led the Gusties with 18 points and six rebounds. Wirtjes ended up with 14 points and Grey finished with 10.
ST. THOMAS 78, BETHEL 55
The Tommies clinched the MIAC title outright with a 78-55 win over the Royals. It was their ninth win in a row. Despite the loss, Betel remains in contention for the final slot in the MIAC Playoffs.
Despite a roster that is depleted by injury, the Royals played with playoff-like intensity. They led much of the opening minutes and trailed by two (19-17) at the 6:47 mark of the opening period. A jumper by Tyler Nicolai, followed by a steal and a bucket by Nicolai sparked a 19-8 outburst that put UST in control of the game. UST held an 18-6 edge off the galls at the half.
St. Thomas intensified its defensive effort in the second half, cooling the Royals to 30.8% shooting, including just 12.5% from three-point range. They pushed the margin into the teens near the midpoint of the half and never looked back.
UST shot well, canning 54.5% for it shots on the night, including a 56.0% outing in the first half. They posted a 37-20 edge in rebounds, but committed 18 turnovers, while forcing 17.
Nicolai led all scorers with 18 points. He also dished out three assists. Joe Scott and Alex Healy each chipped in 14 points, with all of Healyís coming in the second half. Tommy Hannon tallied eight points and team highs in rebounds (eight) and assists (five). Brady Ervin added eight points and five rebounds.
Bethel was again led by the senior duo of Chris Vavra and Nate Robertson. Vavra posted 16 points with a pair of steals, while Robertson tallied 15 points with four rebounds. Greg Meyer chipped in nine points and had three boards.
CARLETON 68, AUGSBURG 60 (Overtime)
The Knights saw a 14-point lead evaporate in the second half, but regrouped in the overtime to secure a 68-60 win over the Auggies. The victory nailed down a berth in the MIAC Playoffs for Carleton, their ninth in a row.
Carleton led nearly the entire first half. Augsburg tied the game twice in the stanza, including 18-18 with 2:28 to play. Jeremy Sutherland scored seven points to spark a 9-2 run to close the half, giving the Knights a 27-20 margin.
They opened the second half with a 14-5 run, extending the lead to 14. Augsburg responded with an 8-0 run featuring six consecutive points by Cory Polta to pull back within six. The Auggies continued to chip away at that lead over the next six minutes and finally tied the game, 48-48, on a three-pointer by Brett Sorenson. Carleton retaliated with a triple by Seth Jonker and extended the lead to five, 54-49, with 1:12 to play as Bryan Rosett drained a three. However, David Olson rippled the net for three for the Auggies and Jon Cassens icily drained a pair of free throws with 0:06 to play, forcing the game into overtime.
In the overtime, Carleton scored on each of its first three possessions, including a trey by Blaise Davis, to take a 61-54 lead.
Four players reached double figures for Carleton, led by Jonker, who posted a double-double. His 21 points and 12 rebounds were both game highs and he added three steals. Sutherland finished with 14 points and six assists. Scott Theisen came off the bench to tally a career-best 13 points, while Rosett ended up with 11 points.
Polta scored a season-high 14 points to lead Augsburg. He also had a team-best eight rebounds and added two assists and a pair of steals. Marcus Brumm chipped in 11 points and six rebounds off the bench.
With the win, Carleton improves to 10-8 in MIAC play and 14-9 overall. They stand tied with Saint Johnís for fifth place and are one-game out of second. The Knights close the regular season with games at Macalester and Bethel.
Augsburg drops to 11-7 in MIAC action and 16-7 on the year. They are tied with Hamline for third place, one-half game out of second. The Auggies play at Bethel on Wednesday and close their regular season with a Friday night home game against Saint Maryís.
CONCORDIA 74, SAINT MARYíS 68
The Cobbers rallied in the second half to regain the lead and held on for a 74-68 win over the Cardinals. It was Concordiaís fourth consecutive win.
Concordia was nearly flawless in handling the ball, committing but one turnover. The Cobbers force 15 miscues by the Cards. The differential offset a 53.3%-41.5% shooting edge for SMU.
Will Wightís 21 points paced Saint Maryís. Chris Palmer added 14 points and Pat Freeman chipped in 10. Lukas Holland posted nine points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Patrick Connolly added seven points and seven boards.
John Fraase, who posted yet another double-double, scoring 25 with 14 boards, to lead Concordia. Karl Olson score 17 points, including four three-pointers. Olson also dished out three assists.
A three-pointer by Olson broke a 14-14 tie, starting a 9-2 run by the Cobbers midway through the first half. Concordia maintained a lead near or at nine until the final 2:48 of the half. Wright tallied seven points over those final minutes of the half, leading a 9-2 SMU charge that tied the game 35-35 at the intermission.
SMU continued their surge into the opening minutes of the second half as they scored 10 of the first 12 points in the period to take a 45-37 lead. Concordia retaliated with a 15-3 run behind nine points from Olson, and took a 56-50 lead. The Cobbers built that lead to as many as 11 and held on for the win.
Concordia improves to 8-11 in league action and 12-12 on the season. The Cobbers are off until Saturday when they host St. Olaf in the final game of the season.
Saint Maryís hosts St. Olaf on Wednesday and ends the 2009-10 season on Friday at Augsburg. The Cards are 6-12 in league play and 8-15 overall.
GUSTAVUS 86, BETHEL 52
The Gusties came out of the gate strong, racing to a large early lead and coasting to an 86-52 romp over the Royals. He win moved them into sole possession of second place. With the loss, Bethel was eliminated from contention for a spot in the MIAC Playoffs, ending an 11-year streak of appearances.
Gustavus started the game with strong defense and hot shooting, scoring on their first five possessions of the game to take an early 11-4 lead. A dunk by Dan Schmidtknecht at the 13:23 mark sparked a 14-4 scoring run that gave Gustavus a 29-11 lead with 8:01 left to play in the half. The Gustavus defense did not allow a Bethel basket for over 4:00 minutes within that run. A three pointer by Jesse Van Sickle gave Gustavus its largest lead of the half at 46-22. Gustavus was in control of the game for the remaining 20 minutes, increasing their lead to as many as 30 and coasting to the win.
The Gusties committed just one turnover in the second half, and only six in the game, tying itís season-low. The Gusties shot 50.7% from the field while holding Bethel to 28.6%. Bethel committed 17 turnovers.
Thirteen players scored for Gustavus. Van Sickle, who posted a season-high 25 points, including five three-pointers, led the way. Schmidtknecht added 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds, while Phil Wirtjes chipped in 11 points, with five boards and four assists. Seth Anderson contributed eight points with six assists and five rebounds.
Nate Robertson scored 17 points to lead Bethel. He added seven rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. Rob Lang and Daniel Bah each scored eight points, while Chris Breuer pulled down seven rebounds.
Bethel is now 7-11 in conference play and 11-12 overall. The Royals close the season with a pair of home games, taking on Augsburg and Carleton.
Gustavus improves to 12-6 in league action and 14-9 on the year. The Gusties travel to St. Thomas on Wednesday and close the regular season at home with Saint Johnís on Saturday.
ST. OLAF 68, MACALESTER 64
Tucker Sheley drained the three-pointer with 1:08 to play, lifting St. Olaf into the lead for good, as the Oles fended off the Scotsí bid for their first MIAC win of the year.
The game was tightly contested, featuring 14 lead changes and 11 ties. The Scots enjoyed the gameís largest lead (seven points) early in the second half but were unable to hold on for the win.
Mac held slight edges in rebounds (37-36) and field goal shooting (44.0% to 40.3%) but committed 14 turnovers to six by the Oles.
The first half seesawed back and forth, with St. Olaf taking a six point lead late in the half as Alfred Jaryan scored five straight points. The Scots closed the half with a 14-6 spurt to take a 31-29 lead into the break. They opened the second half with a 9-4 run, fueled by three-pointers by Pierce Peters and Holden Bigler-Johnson and a three-point play by Colin Keeley. The Oles battled back and took the lead at the midpoint of the half on a triple by Sheley. The lead switched hands several times over the ensuring nine minutes before Sheley rippled the net for his final trey. Mark Torell added a pair of insurance free throws and Andrew Sathoff added another to seal the win.
Keely led Mac, scoring 21 points and grabbing seven rebounds. He was six-for-seven from the charity stripe. Bigler-Johnson added 11 points and five assists. Jerry Kraus finished with seven points, four assists and eight rebounds.
Bobby Fong had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the Oles. Sheley finished with 14 points, including four threes. Torell chipped in 10 points.
St. Olaf is now 8-10 in MIAC games and 10-13 overall. The Oles finish their season on the road, traveling to Saint Maryís and Concordia.
Macalester now stands 0-19 in MIAC play and 2-22 on the season. They host Carleton on Wednesday in their season finale.
ST. THOMAS 67, SAINT JOHNíS 62
The Tommies rallied from double-digit deficits and took advantage of cold free throw shooting to overcome the Johnnies 67-62. St. Thomas leads the rivalry, 97-46. Despite the loss, Saint Johnís as able to lock up a spot in the upcoming MIAC Playoffs.
Todd Herman led all scorers with a career-high 28 points, including 17 in the first half. He connected on 12 of his 16 shots, but was 4-of-11 from the charity stripe.
All told, SJU converted only four of 14 free throws in the second half and just nine of 23 (39.1%) on the day.
Saint Johnís did not trail over the first 35 minutes of play. The Johnnies used a pair of buckets by Herman to forge a 6-0 run midway through the opening stanza and take a 22-15 lead. The margin grew to nine as Andy Burns dropped in a trey at the 5:11 mark. UST closed the half with a 9-0 rally, sparked by five points from Anders Halverson to tie the game but Herman hit a jumper before the horn, giving SJU a 30-28 halftime lead.
SJU opened the second half with an 8-0 run, fueled by a pair of threes by Andrew Latzke. UST trimmed the gap to six only to see SJU restore it to 10. The Toms later cut the margin to five but SJU again ran it back to 10.
UST used three-point plays by Noah Kaiser and Alex Healy and a triple by Healy to cut the Johnnie lead to one, 55-54, with 7:45 to play. Two minutes later, Joe Scott rippled the net for a three to tie the game. 57-57.A short jumper by Brady Ervin gave St. Thomas its first lead of the day. Tommy Hannon followed with four straight points and Tyler Nicolai capped the 11-0 run with a bucket, putting UST on top, 65-57 with 1:35 to play. SJU went eight minutes in the second half without scoring a field goal. Hannon iced the win with a pair of charity shots.
St. Thomas won the game at the free throw line, but a 30-18 scoring edge in the paint was pivotal. UST committed just nine turnovers while forcing 16 SJU miscues. Those offset a 58.5% -47.1% edge in shooting.
For SJU, Herman doled out three assists to go with his 28 points. Latzke added 14 points and a pair of steals for SJU. Aaron Burtzel had eight rebounds, four assist and three steals to go with his six points.
Healy led UST with 17 points, including 11 in the second half. He also had five steals, five rebounds and two assists. Nicolai posted 13 points, while Scott added 11. Hannon finished the day with a game-best nine rebounds as well as six points.
St. Thomas is now 17-1 in MIAC play and 21-2 on the season. They host Gustavus on Wednesday before heading to Hamline for the final game of the regular season.
Saint Johnís moves to 10-8 in league play and 13-10 overall The Johnnies host Hamline on Wednesday and play at Gustavus on Saturday.