Hall's big day sends Ole men to fifth straight defeat
January 5, 2013
ARDEN HILLS, Minn.- Taylor Hall scored 35 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as host Bethel defeated the St. Olaf men's basketball team 80-66 on Saturday afternoon at Robertson Center Gym.
Hall shot 12-22 from the field and 9-12 from the free throw as he topped 30 points for the fourth time this season and tied his season-high in points. He entered the game leading the MIAC in scoring at 22.0 points per game. Three other Royals (7-4, 3-3 MIAC) were in double figures, as Quinn Gorski and Kyle Zimmerman each scored 12 and JD Robinson added 10. The Royals held a significant advantage at the free throw line as they went 28-35 (80.0%) compared to the Oles 12-18 (66.7%) mark.
St. Olaf (3-7, 2-3 MIAC) was led by Riley Aeikens' 16 points on 6-13 shooting. Sterling Nielsen had 12 points and seven boards, while Nathan Kuck came off the bench to score 11. Connor Gunderson played 11 minutes and scored five points in his return to the Ole lineup.
Bethel led for the duration of the first half after they started the game with two threes from Robinson. The Royals held their largest lead of the opening half at 33-19 at the 4:02 mark. However, St. Olaf scored the final six points of the half, including a layup by Nielsen in the closing seconds, to cut the deficit to six at the break.
At the start of the second half, Bethel quickly put a stop to the Ole run to end the first half and again led for the full 20 minutes. Aeikens scored the first bucket of the second half but then the Royals scored 11 straight points to stretch their lead to 15 with just under 16 minutes left. Hall capped the 11-0 run with an old-fashioned three-point play.
St. Olaf got within nine points on three occasions in the final ten minutes but could never get any closer. A layup by Mason Braden cut Bethel's lead to 58-49 with 6:09 left but the Royals again pulled ahead by converting their free throws as the Oles tried to fight their way back.
Bethel finished the game shooting at a 46.2% (24-52) clip. St. Olaf shot 36.9% (24-65) from the field. The Oles shot 24 threes in attempting a comeback but made only six. The Royals controlled the glass by outrebounding the Oles 45-31. Bethel also had 18 assists to 11 for St. Olaf.
St. Olaf looks to snap their five-game losing streak on Monday night when they host cross-town rival Carleton. Tip-off follows the women's game at the Skoglund Center and is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.