Johnnies trip Wednesday to St. Olaf
SPECTATOR POLICY AT ST. OLAF: Attendance at St. Olaf home games is limited to two spectators per student-athlete per team and names of invitees must be submitted via a roster with one of the teams prior to each game. All St. Olaf home game fans must provide proof of vaccination upon entering the venue. Guests must also leave campus at the end of the game and not congregate with student-athletes afterwards.
A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Saint John’s (18-3, 15-1 MIAC) continued their momentum with a 65-35 win over Hamline last night (February 7) at Sexton Arena. SJU held Hamline 29.2 percent (14 for 48) overall and 2 for 17 from three-point range. Twelve different Johnnies scored a point, including a team-record 18 from the freshman guard Kooper Vaughn (St. Charles, Minnesota).
junior position Carson Schoeller (Prior Lake, Minn.) had nine points and seven rebounds, while tying a career high with three blocks from the bench. Second year guard Blake Berg (West Fargo, ND/Sheyenne) followed with eight points in 17 minutes off the bench, while senior guard Colton Codute (Wayzata, Minn./Orono) added five points, five steals and four rebounds.
SJU closed the first half with a 12-6 run to take a 27-15 lead at the break. The home side opened the second half with an 8-0 run and never looked back, leading by as much as 30 points.
Jake Larson led HU with nine points. The Johnnies edged the Pipers by a 37-27 margin and outscored them 34-12 in the paint.
LOW SCORE: The 35 points allowed by the Johnnies last night at Hamline were the lowest since SJU won 33-32 at Carleton on Jan. 11, 1984.
Games of 39 points allowed or less (since January 11, 1984)
-Jan. February 22, 2020 at Concordia-Moorhead (W, 73-38)
-Dec. Feb. 29, 2001 vs. Luther, Iowa at Wisconsin-River Falls (W, 60-39)
-Feb. 18, 1987 at St. Thomas (F, 42-39)
3 OF FIRST YEAR RECORD: Vaughn currently leads the MIAC in three-point shots made (53) and three-point shots attempted (129). His .411 long-range shooting percentage is third-best in the conference among those with 80 or more attempts. The 53 treys are just three behind SJU’s single-season record for a freshman set by Chris Schwartz ’11 in 2007-08 (26 games). Schwartz’s .368 three-point percentage (56 for 152) led the Johnnies that season.
FOUR PLACES IN 15 POINTS: Hanson’s four points on Monday night took his career total to 1,066, which passed Kevin Coleman ’72 (1,065) for 32nd on SJU’s all-time scoring list. A total of 15 points would see Hanson move past four former Johnnies to 28th: Andy Burns ’12 (31st, 1,068); Larry Bassett ’92 (30th, 1,072); Tim Muller ’71 (29th, 1,079); and Eric Kohorst ’93 (28th, 1080).
REGIONAL RANKINGS: The first public NCAA Division III Regional Rankings, which are alphabetical lists of the teams the Division III Men’s Basketball Committee considers the best teams in each region, were released today (February 8). The first digital rankings will be released next week.
Other teams listed with SJU in Region 9 include: Augsburg, Coe (Iowa), Dubuque (Iowa), Wartburg (Iowa), Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Wisconsin-Platteville and Wisconsin-Stout.
STAT COMPARISONS: SJU continues to lead the MIAC in shooting, total and three-point percentage, as well as score defense, in conference play.
3. SJU, 73.9ppm. (72.8 overall)
6.STO, 69.1ppm. (69.4 overall)
1. SJU, 57.4 ppg. (59.4 overall)
3.STO, 67.3ppm. (66.1 overall)
1. SJU, 50.5% (50.0 in total)
4. STO, 45.6% (45.8 overall)
1. SJU, 44.0% (40.0 in total)
10. STO, 29.9% (30.2 overall)
Free throw percentage
4. SJU, 74.6% (73.6 overall)
8. STO, 68.1% (70.0 overall)
4. STO, 34.9 rpg. (35.6 overall)
9. SJU, 33.1 rpg. (33.1 overall)
A LOOK AT THE OLES: St. Olaf (12-9, 8-8 MIAC) picked up its fourth straight victory with a 65-64 victory, from behind, Monday night (February 7) at Saint Mary’s. STO trailed 36-24 at halftime and down by six (61-55) with 3:11 to play before the Oles started an 8-0 run. Sophomore goaltender (6-foot-2) Connor Martin scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half. He is third on the team in averaging 11.4 ppg, behind senior goaltender (6ft 0in) Dominic Bledsoe (13.7 ppg) and senior forward (6ft 4in) Nathan Hendler (12.6 points per game). ).
A MONTH AGO: SJU extended its winning streak to eight games with a 75-72 win over St. Olaf on Jan. 10 in Collegeville. The game was the first in nearly a month (December 14) for SJU, who shot 50% (25 for 50) from the field and 47.4% (9 for 19) from three points in the win.
The Johnnies led by 10 (39-29) at the break, thanks to a good start (56% in total and 58.3% behind the arc), and up to 12 (43-31) in the second half. SJU, however, went nearly six minutes (5:57) between baskets scored and made two buckets in an 8:10 span as St. Olaf (7-6, 3-5 MIAC) cut their deficit at one (53-52) with 7:56 to go.
The home side’s lead hovered between six and four points for most of the game’s final seven minutes and the Johnnies went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final 32 seconds to seal the victory. Dominic Bledsoe of the Oles was fouled behind the three-point arc twice in the final 12 seconds and made all six free throws to make it a two-point game (74-72). Second year wing Ryan Thissen (Rosemount, Minn./Eastview) made one of his two attempts at the charity strip and Bledsoe’s trey bounced off the edge when time expired.
Thissen led four double-digit Johnnies with a season-high 25 points. He narrowly missed his first collegiate double-double with nine rebounds and added four assists.
Codute followed with 14 points, including 12 in the first half on a 4-for-4 performance from long range and junior post Michel Plombon (St. Cloud, Minn./Cathedral) added 10 points.
First year guard Zach Longueville (Eagan, Minn./St. Croix Lutheran), MIAC’s best three-point shooter at the time (51.6%), recorded 11 points off the bench on a 3-for-4 night from center -city.
Bledsoe led STO, who finished 48.1% (25 for 52) from the floor, with 25 points.
SERIES HISTORY: The Johnnies are 72-34 against the Oles since the 1964-65 season, but only 27-25 on the St. Olaf field. SJU have won each of the last six meetings overall (nine of the last 10).