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Pahl's big day propels Ole men

Nick Hoelmer
January 4, 2014

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Justin Pahl poured in a career high 29 points in 23 minutes to propel the St. Olaf men's basketball team past Gustavus Adolphus 80-56 in a Saturday afternoon MIAC matchup at Skoglund Center.

Playing against a Gustavus team that had not yet lost in MIAC play, St. Olaf (6-3, 3-1 MIAC) was paced by Pahl, who had 16 points in the first half alone to help the Oles build a double digit lead in just over six minutes. The sophomore was 8-of-11 from the floor and 6-of-9 from behind the arc to help the Oles to a 53 percent 3-point field goal percentage.

"One of my goals for the game was to make Gustavus extend their defense by making perimeter shots," said Pahl. "This win is important because it helps our confidence after we've had such a big break from games."

Gustavus (7-3, 4-1 MIAC) was lead by sophomore Brody Ziegler who scored 14 points. Freshman Peter Kruize also chipped in 11 points and four rebounds off the bench for the Gusties.

St. Olaf will play again on Monday evening against Concordia-Moorhead in a home game that begins at 7:45 p.m.

"Concordia has proven to be a competitor," said Pahl. "We need to come out and have the same intensity that we did for this game."

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