Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Big Game 2-22-12: St. John's, Bethel Pull MIAC Playoff Surprises

#5 St. John's and #6 Bethel won on the road in the 1st round of MIAC men's playoff action Wednesday night. The Johnnies shocked #4 Augsburg 47-45 on an Andy Burns lay-up at the buzzer. Bethel took its 2nd straight double-digit road win over an MIAC playoff team, 77-58 at #3 St. Olaf.

This sets up Friday's semi-finals with #6 Bethel at #1 St. Thomas, and #5 St. John's at #2 Gustavus.

It was a night of some pretty poor shooting. Bethel shot 48 percent but the other 3 combatants all shot 34 percent or less. Everybody took care of the ball, however, as there were a total of 38 turnovers by the 4 teams in the 2 games.

Conner Gunderson of St. Olaf led all scorers with 18. Daniel Baah with 16 and Burns with 14 led the 2 winners. Taylor Hall and Kellen Dahlquist of Bethel and Aaron Barmore of St. John's each snared 10 rebounds, while Burns had 6 assists for the Johnnies.

Player of the Day

Taylor Hall, Bethel 13 points, 10 boards, 3 assists, a block and 2 turnovers

Coach of the Day

Dan Smith, St. John's and Jeff Westlund, Bethel

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