The MIAC had a full slate of games last night.
Among the men, 5 teams opened the night with 2 losses, 1 game behind St. Thomas in the loss column. 2 of those teams, Augsburg and Gustavus, beat 2 more of them, St. Olaf and St. John's, to clarify the race at the top of the standings.
The Augsburg men edged St. Olaf 57-55 as Andy Grzesiak-Grimm scored 16 points and added 12 boards. Augsburg led early 20-11 but the Oles stormed back to tie at 22. The Augies pulled back ahead 29-26, but St. Olaf scored the last 7 points of the 1st half to 33-29. The Oles extended their lead to as much as 5 points at 36-31 but Augsburg out-scored them 21-11 to lead 52-47, and held on to the end.
Grzesiak-Grimm scored 11 of Augie's 21 points during its decisive run. But there was cold shooting on both sides, as Augie made just 8-of-29 shots but hauled in 9 offensive boards on those 21 misses. Augsburg shot 38.5 percent on the night, the Oles 37.
Meanwhile the Gustavus men defeated St. John's 63-49. Seth Anderson scored 20 points for the winners, Andy Burns 20 for the losers. The Gusties roared out to a 24-5 lead and led 31-20 at the half. The Johnnies got within 6 at 3:25 of the 2nd half at 38-32 but Ty Moore hit a pair of 3s to push the lead back up to 13.
So the Augsburg and Gustavus men share 2nd place at 5-2, 1 game behind St. Thomas at 6-1.
The Tommies women also have 1st place at 9-0. Gustavus is at 8-1, while Bethel, Concordia (Moorhead) and St. Olaf are all at 6-3.
St. Mary's knocked off the Bethel women 46-42 at Bethel as Jessica Thone contributed 16 points, 10 boards and 5 assists. Taylor Sheley led Bethel as always with 10 points, 3 boards, 3 blocks and 2 steals, but shot just 4-for-17. Bethel shot 24 percent overall. Bethel lost its 3rd straight game after a 6-0 start. St. Mary's led 10-9, then 30-19 and 32-22 at the half. The Royals tied it up at 38 but scored just 4 points in the final 11:33. Thone and Jamie Stefeley of the Cardinals scored the next 4 points and St. Mary's led the rest of the way.
Player of the Day
Serenae Levine, Augsburg women, 21 points, 8 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block, as Augie beat St. Olaf 61-51.
Coach of the Day
Aaron Griess, Augsburg men