ST. PAUL — The duo of Caleb Williams and Coby Gold played a major role in ending St. Scholastica’s men’s basketball season, combining for 50 of Macalester’s 79 points as the Scots eliminated the Saints from the Minnesota Intercollegiate tournament Athletic Conference 79-66 Saturday.
Williams scored 30 of 9 of 14 from the field and Gold made six treys for a 20-point game to lead fifth-seeded Macalester. Gabriel Ramos came within three assists of a triple-double, with 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
CSS got off to a competitive start and held on to their last lead of the game on Connor Bich’s 3-pointer after 12 minutes of play in the first half. Gold then hit three straight triples to put his team ahead, followed by Williams scoring nine runs in the final four minutes of the half. Macalester led 39-29 at the break.
The closest CSS obtained in the second half was eight points, and Williams’ 8-for-8 performance from the free-throw line during the period sidelined the Scots’ first win at the MIAC tournament since 2004 and a trip to Carleton for the quarter-finals.
Bich led the Saints with 15 points, while Isiah Hendrickson added 12 and Nick Carlson added 10. CSS finished his first season of MIAC play with a 5-21 record.
A tough offensive day condemns the Saints
St. Scholastica picked an inopportune moment for their lowest offensive output of the season, as St. Benedict knocked them out of the MIAC Tournament 61-33 in a first-round game Saturday in St. Joseph, Minnesota.
CSS scored the first seven points but went without a field goal for the rest of the first quarter and trailed 14-9 after one frame and 26-19 after two. In the third quarter, the Bennies went on a 20-1 run and ended up doubling their score in the first half.
Gabby Martin scored 13 points for the fifth-seeded Bennies, who will face Hamline in the quarter-finals, to lead all scorers.
CSS got 11 points from Miranda Broberg, who also had their lowest field goal percentage (22.4%) of the season. The Saints end their season 3-22.
CSS unable to crack Gusties
St. Scholastica couldn’t force their way past either of Gustavus Adolphus’ two goaltenders, who combined for a 13-save shutout in the Gusties’ 3-0 MIAC win, sixth in the standings, Saturday in St. Peter, Minnesota.
Lori Huseby had a busy day, making 40 saves for CSS, but Gustavus (19-3-2, 13-1-2 MIAC) broke through on two of 22 shots on goal in the second period with goals from Jamie Byrne and Clara Billings. Brooke Power added a late insurance count for regular season champions MIAC. Katie McCoy made seven saves and Maria Widen six.
CSS (11-9-2, 8-5-2 MIAC) will take the fourth seed into the MIAC tournament, where they host Augsburg in a single match Saturday at Mars Lakeview Arena.
Saints snatch Gusties to end regular season
St. Scholastica scored four times in the second period to defeat Gustavus Adolphus 6-2 in Saturday’s MIAC game at Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth.
Bryce Johnson and Tyler Hinterser scored twice, once in the first period and once in the second, as CSS led 2-0 after one period and 6-1 after two. Filimon Ledenkov finished with a goal and two assists for CSS (11-9-2, 7-6-1 MIAC).
Jack Bostedt made 27 saves for the Saints, who had a 37-29 advantage on shots.
CSS will take the fourth seed and host No. 5 Bethel in a one-game MIAC Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday.