February 26, 2007
University of St. Thomas senior center Isaac Rosefelt (St. Paul, Minn./St. Thomas Academy) averaged 19.5 ppg, 11.5 rpg and 2.0 bpg to lead the Tommies to a 2-0 week and their second consecutive MIAC playoff championship. Rosefelt had 16 first-half points and 25 overall in Wednesday's 77-61 win over St. Olaf. He came back with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the Toms' 75-49 victory over Saint John's. He's had six consecutive double-doubles and 19 consecutive double-figure scoring games. The Toms are 22-2 with Rosefelt on the floor this season and 62-17 in his three-year era. It's the third career MIAC Player of the Week honor for Rosefelt, last season's conference Player of the Year. In 79 games at UST, he's posted 44 double doubles and 67 double-figure scoring games and has 1,347 points, 851 rebounds and 176 blocks. He's now fourth in UST career rebounding and 12th in career scoring. In eight career postseason games, Rosefelt is averaging 16 ppg, 11.6 rpg and 2.3 bpg. St. Thomas plays at home Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA playoffs.
February 19, 2007
Carleton College senior guard Jake Phillips (Brainerd, Minn.) set what is believed to be a new MIAC record by canning 7-of-7 three-point attempts in Carleton's 81-77 loss to Macalester on Wednesday. He ended the game with a career-high 30 points one 9-for-10 shooting and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals. He followed that performance with a 21-point, 4-assist effort in Carleton's 71-65 win over Gustavus on Saturday. He scored seven of Carleton's final 15 points as the Knights ended the game on a 15-2 spurt. The senior knocked down 7-of-10 from the field, including 5-for-8 from three-point range. Going back to the end of Carleton's Feb. 10 win over St. Olaf, Phillips has made 14 of his last 17 three-point attempts (82.3 percent). For the week, he averaged 25.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and shot an eye-popping 80 percent from the field and from three-point range.
February 12, 2007
Bethel University sophomore guard Tim Madson (Redwood Falls, Minn.) continued his breakout season this week helping the Royals clinch their ninth consecutive MIAC playoff appearance with wins over St. Olaf, Concordia and Macalester. Madson averaged 26.7 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 45% from the field and an impressive 61.5% from three-point land and 90.3% from the free throw line. On Monday's 85-76 win against St. Olaf, Madson scored 21 points while also grabbing eight rebounds and two assists. He followed that up on Wednesday against Concordia with another strong 20-point performance to go with three rebounds and three assists in an 86-71 victory. Madson capped off the week with a MIAC single game high 39-point effort against Macalester in Bethel's 105-96 comeback win. Madson is currently tied for first in the MIAC in scoring, averaging 19.8ppg and is also 15th in assists with 2.52/game. Stats: 26.7ppg, 45.8 FG% (22-48), 90.3 FT% (28-31), 61.5 3PT% (8-13), 4.7rpg, 2.3apg, 0.7spg.
February 5, 2007
Hamline University sophomore guard Jon DeRock (Buffalo Lake, Minn./Buffalo Lake-Hector) averaged 29.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 67 percent from the floor as the Pipers won a pair of conference games last week. DeRock scored a game-high 34 points on 12-of-16 shooting - 6-of-7 from three-point range - in Hamline's 85-84 win over Augsburg on Wednesday. His three-point play with 1:11 left in the game gave the Pipers the lead for good. On Saturday, the guard scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Hamline's 74-66 victory over Concordia. Stats for the Week: 2-0 record, 29.0 ppg, 22-33 fgs (.667), 8-13 3fgs (.615), 6-6 fts (1.000), 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.5 bpg
January 29, 2007
Bethel University sophomore guard Tim Madson (Redwood Falls, Minn.) continued his strong play this week helping the Royals to their fifth, sixth, and seventh wins in a row against Hamline, Gustavus, and Carleton. In Monday's 83-69 win against Hamline, Madson paced Bethel scoring a game high 20 points while also grabbing six rebounds and four assists. He followed that up on Wednesday against Gustavus with another game high 20 point performance along with six rebounds and a steal in a 72-66 victory. Capping off the week, Madson scored 17 points against Carleton in the teams 67-63 win while also adding seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal. For the week, Madson averaged 19.0 points per game while shooting 46.5% from the field with 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 0.7 steals per game. Madson is currently third in the MIAC in scoring averaging 18.8 p/g. Stats: 19.0 p/g, 46.5 FG% (20-43), 94.1 FT% (16-17), 6.3 r/g, 2.0 a/g, 0.7 s/g
University of St. Thomas senior guard Bryan Schnettler (Sartell, Minn.) averaged 19.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, and 3.1 apg and sank 14-of-24 from 3-point range to lead the first-place Tommies to a 3-0 week. In the process he broke the UST school record for career threes and moved within 18 of the conference all-time record. In Wednesday's 19-point win over Hamline he made 9-of-12 treys and had a career-best 33 points. The 33 points are the most by an MIAC player this season, and the nine treys are the most by any conference player since Feb. 2005. He also had 11 points in a 25-point win at St. Olaf and 15 points in a 32-point win over Macalester. The Toms are 18-1 vs. those three teams in Schnettler's era. He also went 3-for-3 from the foul line and has made 62 of his last 66 free throws since Feb. 2006. He has 259 career threes in 73 games. In 54 career games vs. MIAC foes he has made 206-of-431 (47.8%) from 3-point range. Totals: 33.6 mpg, 21-38 FG, 14-24 3FG, 3-3 FT, 59 points, 11 reb., 10 asst, 4 TO, 3 steals
January 22, 2007
Saint John's University senior wing Tyler Westman (Mankato, Minn./Loyola) was 16-of-34 shooting (10-of-17 from three-point range) for 51 points in the Johnnies’ three MIAC wins last week. Westman shot 6-of-13 from the floor including a 5-of-8 performance from beyond the arc for a game-high 23 points in SJU’s 92-83 win over Hamline on Jan. 15. Westman led the Johnnies with 12 points (5-of-11 shooting) in SJU’s 64-59 win over #3 St. Thomas on Jan. 17, and ended the week with a 16-point performance (5-of-10 shooting, 3-of-4 from three-point range) in the Johnnies’ 78-72 win at Concordia on Jan. 20. Westman currently leads SJU (13-3, 11-0 MIAC) in scoring (14.2 ppg), three-point shooting (.452, minimum of 15 made), and free throw percentage (.830).
January 15, 2007
St. Olaf College junior guard Chad Norberg (Northfield, Minn.) averaged 17.3 points and sparked St. Olaf to a 2-1 record last week. Norberg had 21 points, including 15 in the last seven-plus minutes, in Monday's 75-65 win over Bethel. He then had a career-high 24 points in Wednesday's three-point loss at Macalester. On Saturday, he had seven points, five rebounds and four assists off the bench in the Oles' 67-51 win over Carleton, their first since 2003. His three-pointer in the final seconds of the first half gave St. Olaf a 15-point halftime lead. Norberg was 11-of-22 from the arc this week, after starting the year 4-for-37. St. Olaf has gone 3-2 since the 1st of the year and is 7-7 overall and 4-5 in MIAC play this season. Stats for the week: 52 points (17.3/game), 11-for-22 on 3-point tries, 11 rebounds, eight assists
January 9, 2007
Macalester College junior guard Abe Woldeslassie (Richfield, Minn./St. Thomas Academy) led Macalester to a pair of 90-point efforts last week and MIAC wins over Concordia and Augsburg. The MIAC’s new scoring leader shot 70% from the field, 62% from three-point range and averaged 29.0 points as the Scots defeated Concordia 92-70 and Augsburg 90-76. Woldeslassie went 10-for-12 from the field and 5-for-7 from three-point range while finishing with 26 points and 10 assists against the Cobbers. He then scored 23 of his career-high 32 points in the second half to lead the way past Augsburg as the Scots evened their record on the season at 5-5. Woldeslassie turned the ball over just twice in the two games. Stats for the week (2 games): 21-30 FG (.700), 8-13 treys (.615), 8-10 FT, 58 points (29.0 ppg.), 2 rebounds, 11 assists (5.5 apg), 2 turnovers, 33.0 min./game.
December 18, 2006
Hamline University sophomore forward Tony Thrasher (Hustisford, Wis.) led the Pipers to a 2-0 week after averaging 28.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. Thrasher netted 25 points in the Pipers' 73-67 win over St. Olaf on Monday. Thrasher shot 10-of-18 from the floor in the contest and grabbed eight rebounds. He scored 10 straight Piper points during an 18-7 run late in the first half en route to a 38-27 halftime lead over the Oles. He celebrated his 20th birthday on Saturday by scoring a career-high 31 points on 13-of-22 from the field in Hamline's 85-81 win versus St. Scholastica.
Stats for the week: 2-0 record (1-0 in MIAC), 23-40 fgs (.575), 5-12 3fgs (.417), 5-8 fts (.625), 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg, 0.5 bpg.
December 11, 2006
Saint Mary's University junior post Dan Cormier (Blaine, Minn.) averaged 19.0 ppg in helping the Cardinals to a 2-1 record last week, with SMU’s lone loss coming against Mankato State, currently ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II. Cormier opened the week with a then-career high 20 points in helping lead SMU to its first win of the season, an 81-73 victory over Macalester on Monday. But Cormier was just warming up, as the Cardinal junior did his Monday performance one better on Wednesday, scoring a new career high 25 points — including the game-winning basket with eight seconds remaining — as SMU won its second straight, beating Hamline 89-87 on Wednesday. Cormier then closed out his week with a 12-point effort against the seventh-ranked Mavericks on Saturday. Weekly Stats: 3 GP, 21-for-39 from the field, 14-19 from the FT line, 19.0 ppg, 20 rebounds (6.7 rpg), 7 assists, 4 turnovers, 2 blocks, 4 steals
December 4, 2006
University of St. Thomas senior forward Mike Keating (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) was the only MIAC player to post two double-doubles last week as he helped the No. 7-ranked Tommies blow open close games vs. Saint Mary's and St. Olaf. Keating played 27 minutes in each game and averaged 21.0 ppg, 13.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, and shot 62% from the field (18-of-29 FG, 4-of-9 3FG) and 2-2 at the foul line. His 26 points vs. Saint Mary's and his 14 rebounds vs. St. Olaf were both career highs. The Toms are 4-0 overall heading into this week's games vs. St. Paul rivals Hamline and Macalester.