Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Big Game 2-18-12: Bethel Men Scramble MIAC Playoff Picture

The Bethel men scrambled the MIAC playoff picture, beating (then) 1st place Gustavus in St. Peter 68-52 Saturday. As a result Bethel sneaks into the playoffs as the #6 seed. With a loss, they're #7 (and out of the playoffs) and Hamline is #6.

Meanwhile, Gustavus dropped out of sole possession of 1st place and into the 1st place tie with St. Thomas. Based on the tie-breaker, St. Thomas is the #1 seed and Gustavus is #2. With a win on Saturday, Gustavus is the #1 seed.

Bethel led the Gusties 31-30 at the half, but the Gusties shot just 30 percent in the 2nd half and slowly fell behind. Bethel's lead grew in to double figures at 53-42 at 9:32.

Taylor Hall scored 20 points for Bethel, plus 8 boards and 3 steals. Seth Anderson scored 25 points for Gustavus. Anderson shot 11-for-23 while his teammates shot 10-for-31.

Player of the Day

James Ellisor, Bemidji State, scored 30 points as the Beavers won what must be a very rare win at Mankato State 78-64. This also got the Beavers into a tie for 1st place in the race for the #1 seed in the NSIC post-season playoffs. St. Cloud and Bemidji are 15-6, Moorhead is 14-6 after the Huskies and Dragons took unexpected losses last night. But to clarify, Winona State is still in 1st place at 18-2 and will be the regular season champion. The penalty for using an ineligible player is in the form of a reduction in their W-L percentage in factoring the seeds for the playoffs. Winona's percentage will be good enough to get into the playoffs but not good enough to hold on to the #1 seed. Their official percentage will be around .625 or so, I'm guessing. St. Cloud and Bemidji right now are at .714. Right now Winona would be the #6 seed. Got that?

BTW, Ellisor scored his 1,000th point last night as well.

Coach of the Day

Jeff Westlund, Bethel, and Matt Bowen, Bemidji State

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