Men's basketball snaps four-game losing streak with win over Gustavus
January 21, 2013
ST. PETER, Minn.- The St. Olaf men's basketball team shot 50 percent for the game and used a balanced scoring attack to pick up a 70-66 MIAC win at Gustavus on Monday night at Gus Young Court.
Matthew Hultgren led the way for St. Olaf (6-11, 5-7 MIAC) with 15 points and seven rebounds. Gustavus (9-7, 7-5 MIAC) was led by Jim Hill's double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. The win snapped a four-game losing streak during which the Oles game up 75 or more points in three contests.
Both teams were balanced offensively, as nine players scored for each team. Four Gusties were in double figures, as Isaac Tapp and Ben Biewen scored a dozen each and Brody Ziegler added 10 points and six boards off the bench. Six Oles scored between six and nine points.
With 6:40 to play in the game, Gustavus led 62-57 but St. Olaf closed the game on a 13-4 run to stay in the hunt for a playoff berth. During the run, Nathan Kuck scored seven points on two layups and three free throws. Meanwhile, the Gusties made only one of their final eight shots.
The Gusties led for most of the first half, including having a ten-point lead with 4:52 left in the opening half. The Oles scored the final five points of the half after a jumper by Nathan Kuck and a three by Sterling Nielsen with two seconds left in the opening half.
In addition to Hultgren's solid game down low, Mason Braden came off the bench to score 10 points on a perfect 5-5 shooting night. Kuck also added nine off the Ole bench. St. Olaf shot just 58.8 percent (10-17) from the free throw line but made five of their final six to seal the win.
Gustavus made 11 of 12 free throws but struggled from long distance, making just three of 13 three-pointers (23.1%). The Gusties also shot the ball well from the field finishing the game at 48.1 percent. Both teams recorded 13 assists in the contest. Justin Pahl dished out a game-high five assists for St. Olaf.
St. Olaf hosts Macalester on Saturday afternoon in the second half of a MIAC basketball double-header against Macalester (4-12, 1-10 MIAC). The Oles defeated the Scots 75-70 on December 1 in St. Paul behind 23 points from Connor Gunderson.