The Oles' Bobby Fong gets two of his 18 points on an alley oop dunk in the second half of Saturday's 90-69 win over SMU.

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Ole men shoot lights out, cruise to win over Saint Mary's

Michael Abdella
January 28, 2012

NORTHFIELD, Minn.- The St. Olaf men's basketball team shot 62.7 percent from the field and had four players in double figures, en route to a 90-69 conference win over Saint Mary's on Saturday afternoon at the Skoglund Center.

The Cardinals led for almost all of the games first ten minutes but the Oles seized control of the game with a convincing run before the break. Trailing 20-18, St. Olaf outscored Saint Mary's 29-12 in the last ten minutes of the first half to seize command.

After leading 47-32 at the break, the Oles cruised to the win in the second half. Despite shooting 44.4% in teh second half, the Cardinals were unable to get within 12 points, as St. Olaf shot a blistering 65.2% from the field after the break.

Bobby Fong and Stu Neville led the Oles with 18 points each. The pair, both in the top 10 in the MIAC in scoring, combined to shoot 12-16 from the field. Matthew Hultgren added 12 points, making all four of his shots from the field and all four free throws. Sterling Nielson was the fourth Ole in double figures, scoring 10 points, mostly in the closing minutes.

The Cardinals were led by Michael Burfeind's 18 points on 6-10 shooting. Pat Freeman scored 14, making three three-pointers but Saint Mary's could not find a third scorer to keep up with St. Olaf's balanced attack.

The Oles shot 32-51 (62.7%) for the game, including 7-13 from behind the arc and 19-23 from the free throw line. The Cardinals shot 39.3% for the game but made 10 three pointers on 23 attempts. St. Olaf's hot shooting helped the team to a 34-26 rebound advantage, while both teams managed more assists than turnovers. Alfred Jaryan orchestrated the Ole's offense, dishing out seven assists.

St. Olaf improves to 10-8, 9-4 in MIAC play with the win. Saint Mary's falls to 3-15, 3-10 in the conference. The Oles host Hamline on Monday night at 7:30 looking for their fourth straight win.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.