The Gustavus men surprised 2nd place Augsburg 70-59 at Augsburg Wednesday night, pulling away from a 32-all half-time tie and a 40-40 tie at the 10 minute mark. But over the next 3 minutes the Gusties ripped off a 16-2 run and never looked back. Ben Biewen, Jim Hill and Isaac Tapp each scored 2 buckets in the run, and Hill finished with team highs of 20 points and 6 boards. Biewen contributed 14 points and 8 assists.
Player of the Day: In the absence of anybody having a super killer-diller night, here's a choice based more on the body of work. Anna Smith, St. Thomas women, forward-center. She was the starting big forward anyway, but now she's moved into the pivot to cover for the injured Maggie Weiers. In her 1st year as a regular, she's become the Tommies leading scorer at 10.6 ppg and their leading rebounder with 7 per game. Last night she had 20 points and 8 boards as St. Thomas manhandled Macalester 73-44. Coach of the Day: Mark Hanson, Gustavus men.