MIAC playoffs are a mere 2 1/2 weeks away. Some MIAC teams have just 2 weeks left of their basketball seasons. (Say what?) And if the playoffs had started yesterday, the Carleton men would have snuck in at #6 and Gustavus would have been out. Meanwhile, the Hamline and St. Olaf women were tied for the 6th and final spot.
Today the Gusties men are in and Carleton is out, while Hamline has taken over sole possession of #6 among the women.
Gustavus men 82 St. Mary's 43 and St. Thomas men 74 Carleton 52
Hapless St. Mary's (now 2-12) were no match for the Gusties in St. Peter, and Carleton is no match for the awesome Tommies (14-1) anywhere. Ben Biewen contributed 13 points, 6 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals for the Gusties. John Nance led St. Thomas with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
Hamline women 52 Macalester 43 and Concordia (Moorhead) women 65 St. Olaf 58
Hamline won the bragging rights to Snelling Avenue as well as a lead in the battle for the 6th and final playoff spot. Kara Poirer and Steph Pilgrim combined for 29 Piper points while Poirer added 5 assists and Pilgrim 3 blocks. Emily Thesing led 1st place Concordia with 20 points.
Sidebar: The Gustavus-St. Mary's women's game, won by host St. Mary's 65-58, matched high school rivals Julia Dysthe of White Bear Lake and Gustavus and Jessica Thone of Woodbury and St. Mary's. In 2 years of high school ball, Thone's team won 3 times while White Bear Lake won twice but including the rubber match, the Section 4 final of 2009, earning a spot in the state tournament.
Player of the Day: Steph Pilgrim, Hamline, leading scorer among MIAC women.
Coach: Mark Hanson, Gustavus