Hard to believe that for half of MIAC teams the basketball season is now over. 6 men's and 6 women's teams advance to the post-season and we now know who they are and where they'll go.
The 2 biggest games of the day were wins by the Hamline women and the Bethel men. Hamline jumped from #6 to #5 as a result of their win, while Bethel leapfrogged Gustavus for the final spot in the men's field with their win (though they too ended up with the #5 seed due to a tie-breaker).
The Hamline women won at Carleton 66-60 in OT as Steph Pilgrim scored 22 points to win the MIAC individual scoring title. Jordan Sammons added 18 and finished 3rd. Pilgrim made 6-of-6 throws in OT, and added 9 boards. Sammons scored 4 points in OT.
The Bethel men edged Macalester 77-60 while Gustavus was losing at Concordia 65-49. The Gusties, Bethel and St. John's all finished 11-9 and Gustavus was odd man out on about the 7th tie-breaker. Taylor Hall had 17 points and 15 boards for Bethel.
As a result of Saturday's action, the playoffs are as follows:
1st Round Tuesday Feb. 19
#6 Gustavus 15-10 at #3 St. Mary's 21-4
#5 Hamline 14-11 at #4 St. Ben's 19-6
2nd Round Thursday Feb. 21
Lowest remaining seed at #1 Concordia (Moorhead) 20-5
Second lowest remaining seed at #2 St. Thomas 20-5
Finals Saturday Feb. 23 at highest remaining seed
1st Round Wednesday Feb. 20
#6 St. John's 12-13 at #3 Augsburg 19-6
#5 Bethel 15-10 at #4 Carleton 15-10
2nd Round Friday Feb. 22
Lowest remaining seed at #1 St. Thomas 24-1
Second lowest remaining seed at #2 Concordia (Moorhead) 18-7
Finals Sunday Feb. 24 at highest remaining seed
Players of the Day: Steph Pilgrim, Hamline women, and Taylor Hall, Bethel men
Coach of the Day: Kerri Stockwell, Hamline women