Saturday, November 23, 2013

Player of the Day, Nov. 22-28, 2013

Thurs., Nov. 28--Happy Turkey Day!

Wed., Nov. 27--Denver Nuggets 117 Minnesota Timberwolves 110

The T-wolves slide out of the playoffs with an utter lack of defense.

Player of the Day--Rachel Hansen,  Concordia St. Paul women 21 pts 11 assists as the Bears def. Northern Michigan 75-60. Coach of the Day--Paul Fessler, Concordia.

Tues., Nov. 26--Minnesota Gopher women 80 Chicago Loyola 36

OK, Loyola's not very good, but the Gopher women knocked 'em down and wouldn't let 'em up.

Player of the Day--Mollie Sir of the Northwestern (MN) women scored 31 while Jordyn Sammons of Hamline scored 35, as Northwestern surprised the Pipers 81-72 at Hamline. Coach of the Day--New coach Jim Hayes of Hamline men who defeated Northwestern 80-66.

Mon., Nov. 25--Syracuse men 75 Minnesota Gophers 67

The Gophers played very well against the #4 rated Syracuse Orangemen, staying within 67-65 with about 2 minutes left.

Player of the Day--Malik Smith, Minnesota Gopher men, who came off the bench to hit 4 3s and 16 pts. Coach of the Day--Richard Pitino, Minnesota Gopher men.

Sun., Nov. 24--Minnesota Gopher women 62 Navy 55

It was closer than expected, frankly. Minnesota led 43-34 early in the 2nd but Navy got within 1 at 43-42 and 46-45 and were still within 3 at 55-52 near the 2 minute mark.

Player of the Day--Again, it's Amanda Zahui with 16 points and 13 boards for the Minnesota women.

Coach of the Day--Kelly Boe, Concordia (St. Paul) men. The Bears completed a weekend sweep of Northwood and Ferris State, both of MI, while the 2 visitors also swung through Winona State, where both defeated the Warriors. Terez Van Pelt had 19 points and 4 assists.

Sat., Nov. 23--St. Thomas men 75 UW River Falls 69

The #15-rated Tommies trailed 40-29 at the half but rallied behind Zach Reidemann's 19 points and a 20-4 edge in 2nd chance points.

Player of the Day--Dylan Kilgour of the Macalester men scored 40 points as the Scots won at Lake Forest (IL) 92-89 in 3 OT.

Coach of the Day--Paul Grove, Minnesota-Morris men, who defeated their 2nd MIAC opponent, this time Gustavus 68-64 as R.J. Dean had 20 points, 6 boards and 3 assists.

Fri., Nov. 22--Minnesota Timberwolves 111 Brooklyn Nets 81

The Wolves beat Kevin Garnett for the first time since he left Minnesota and made it an unmerciful rout to boot, leading 30-14 after one period. The Nets were never in the game. Minnesota had 28 assists and 8 turnovers, Brooklyn just 7 assists and 20 turnovers. Kevin Love badly outplayed KG with 17 points, 16 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals.

Player of the Day--but the PoD is Dan Kornbaum of Augsburg with 29 points as the Augies def. Wisconsin-Superior 80-73, hopefully a harbinger of today's cross-border battle.

Coach of the Day--Chad Walthall, Minnesota State-Moorhead men, who hammered Concordia (Moorhead) in their annual cross-town game 102-55 as Ben Figini scored 16 for the winners.

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