Men's basketball shoots way past Scots
January 26, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- The St. Olaf men's basketball team shot 65.0 percent from the floor and led by as many as 28 as they defeated Macalester 95-73 on Saturday afternoon at the Skoglund Center.
The 95 points is the most the Oles have scored in a game since a 102-96 home win over Hamline on January 12, 2011. Sterling Nielsen led St. Olaf with 18 points on 8-12 shooting. He also had a game-high eight rebounds.
Both teams had four players in double figures in the contest. Connor Gunderson shot 7-for-9 from the floor to score 14 for the Oles, while first-years Justin Pahl and Riley Aeikens each had 10. St. Olaf (7-11, 6-7 MIAC) shot over 60 percent in both halves, including 69.0 percent (20-29) in the second half. The Ole bench outscored the Scots bench 37-11.
Dylan Kilgour led Macalester (4-14, 1-12 MIAC) with 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Justin Waski and Samson Bialostok each tallied 14, while Bert Yaffe added 12. Macalester shot 52.6 percent for the game, including 66.7 percent (20-30) in the second half.
St. Olaf started the game strong as they raced out to a 16-3 lead in the first 7:15 of the game. Josh Pratt hit two threes in the opening stages for the Oles and Macalester started just 1-for-8 shooting. The Scots also had four turnovers in the early stages.
The Oles led by 28 in the final minute of the first half and took a 25-point lead into the locker room. However, the Scots started the second half strong as they trimmed the lead to nine with 14:16 remaining in the game.
Macalester opened the second half by making eight of their first 11 shots as they cut into the lead. Meanwhile, St. Olaf turned the ball over four times in the first five plus minutes in the second half.
The Oles responded to the Scot run with a 14-5 run of their own to re-take control. Aeikens scored six points during the St. Olaf run as they stretched the lead back to 18 with 10:25 to play. Macalester never got within 16 the rest of the way.
Next up for St. Olaf is a game against Concordia on Wednesday night in Moorhead. The Cobbers defeated the Oles 85-70 on January 2 at the Skoglund Center.