Mankato State and Winona State went into tonight's play tied with the best record in the MIAC at 14-2. Well, they're still #1A and #1B, but each now is just 14-3. Mankato lost to Bemidji (10-7) 82-74 at home, as Dermaine Crockrell scored 29 points with 8 rebounds, 5 assists and a pair of steals. Meanwhile, St. Cloud (13-4) edged Winona 79-79 in a wild one, despite Clayton Vette's 29 points and 9 boards.
Bemidji trailed Mankato by 5 at the half, but his 4 3-pointers in the 1st 5 minutes of the 2nd half to take a 47-43 lead which they never relinquished. St. Cloud led all the way from 14-2 to 43-35 to 68-58 with 4:32 to play. Winona got within 74-72 with 38 seconds remaining on a Cameron Taylor 3. St. Cloud made 5-of-6 FT to lead 79-75 when Grant Johnson hit a half court shot for the final margin.
Player of the Day: Crockrell
Coach of the Day: Kevin Schlagel, St. Cloud State men