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1998-99 MIAC Men's Basketball Players of the Week

MIAC Men's Basketball Players of the Week will be announced each Tuesday afternoon during the season. The award will cover play over the preceding 7 days, including Monday Night games. Members of the men's basketball committee are Greg Peterson, SID at Bethel, Tom Gilles, SID at Hamline, and Jerry Pyle, SID at Concordia. Nomination are submitted by MIAC SIDs.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, Nov. 24, 1998

Eric Joldersma, Sr. Post, 6-6, Milaca, MN

Joldersma led Bethel to their Tip-Off Tournament title with wins over Crown College and Northwestern College. In the 80-64 win over Crown, Joldersma had 12 points in 20 minutes. In the championship game against Northwestern, Joldersma finished with 39 points (17 of 26 FGs, 5-7 FTs), 8 rebounds, five assists, 1 block, and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Joldersma scored 27 points in the second half as Bethel came back from a 16 point halftime deficit.

Other top performances last week:

Carleton's Josh Wilhelm (Sr., F, 6-8, Minnetonka, Minn.) keyed the Knight's 70-68 win over Division II Hawaii-Hilo on Sunday. Wilhelm scored 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor (including 3-of-4 from 3-point range), with eight rebounds and two blocks for the game.

Saint John's University senior wing Nate Guetter, Wabasso/Wabasso HS, scored 42 points and collected 19 rebounds in two games this past weekend at the SJU Classic in Collegeville.  In Friday's semifinal game, Guetter led the Johnnies with 20 points and eight rebounds in a 81-72 loss to the University of Mary. Guetter was 8-for-16 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.  In Saturday's win over UW-La Crosse, 79-72, Guetter led all scorers on the floor with 22 points and 11 rebounds.  Guetter continued his hot shooting on Saturday by going 8-for-12 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free throw line.  SJU is currently 1-1 overall.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, Dec. 1, 1998

Devean George, Augsburg forward (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret HS) -- George, a preseason Division III All-American, tied a school single-game scoring record with 47 points in Augsburg's 122-121, four-overtime win at Division II St. Cloud State last Tuesday. George added a team-high 15 rebounds, five assists and a steal in his 48 minutes of playing time before fouling out in the third overtime. George was also 14-of-17 at the free-throw line. On Saturday, in a 97-82 home win over Concordia-St. Paul, George led all players with 28 points and 10 rebounds in just 27 minutes of playing time. Augsburg is now 3-0 overall.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, Dec. 8, 1998

St. Thomas' Kip Sparby, 6-5 Junior guard, Cold Spring/Rocori HS

Sparby scored 34 points to help Toms rally from early deficit and post 19-point win over St. Mary's. Sparby scored 16 of team's 24 first-half points. He made 5-of-10 3-pointers, 13-of-16 FT and 8-of-14 FG while adding six rebounds, three steals, three assists with only one turnover in playing all 40 minutes. Toms rallied from 17-5 deficit and 29-24 halftime deficit to improve to 2-2 overall. In four games, Sparby is averaging 16.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 4.3 apg.

Other top performances last week:

Saint John's University sophomore guard Troy Bigalke, Monticello/Monticello HS, scored 20 points, six rebounds and four steals in the Johnnies' 76-58 win over Carleton on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Sexton Arena in Collegeville.  Bigalke was 6-for-12 from the field and 8-for-9 from the free throw line.  Bigalke, on the  season, is averaging 9.8 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game.  SJU is currently 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the MIAC.  The Johnnies are off to its best start since the 1988-89 season when they also got off to a fast start at 3-1.

Eric Joldersma, 6-6 Senior Post, Milaca, MN

Joldersma has led Bethel to a 4-0 record, including a 90-70 win over Hamline on Saturday. In Saturday's win, Joldersma had 36 points (13-19 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 9-13 FTs), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals. He is averaging 30.8 points per game and 8 rebounds per game.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, Dec. 15, 1998

St. Thomas' Matt Arnold, SR, Forward, Minnetonka/Hopkins HS

Arnold led the Toms to a pair of MIAC road wins last week by averaging 16.5 ppg  and 5.0 rebounds in 28 minutes a game and making 12-of-19 FG (4-of-7 3-pointers)  and 5-of-6 FT. In a 67-60 win at Hamline, his 3-point basket with 1:00 to play  helped hold off the Pipers. In a 77-60 win Saturday at Macalester, Arnold made  7-of-9 shots and finished with 16 points. Arnold now has 922 career points  (including freshman year playing for St. Olaf). The Toms lead the MIAC at 3-0.

Other top performances last week

Eric Joldersma, 6-6 sr. post, Milaca, MN

In Bethel's two losses last week, Joldersma averaged 27 points and 10 rebounds.  In the Royals' 86-78 loss to UW Stout on Tuesday, Joldersma had 21 points (5-12 FGs, 4-5 3FGs, 7-7 FTs) and six rebounds, both team highs.  In Saturday's match-up with Devean George and Augsburg. Joldersma scored 33 points (11-25 FGs, 0-3 3FGs, 11-11 FTs), and had 14 rebounds. He also held George to 21 points, seven below his average. Joldersma did this after spraining his ankle on Thursday in practice and not getting off crutches until Saturday morning.

Saint John's University senior wing Nate Guetter, Wabasso, scored 38 points, collected 16 rebounds and seven steals in two games for the Johnnies this past week. Guetter had 22 points, six rebounds and four steals in SJU's 81-72 loss at St. Olaf on Dec. 9. Guetter led the team on Dec. 12 with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals in a 68-50 win at Concordia-Moorhead. Guetter is currently averaging 18.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. SJU is 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the MIAC as they enter its holiday break.

Macalester College
T.J. Mahony (6-3, Sr., Forward, Boulder, CO / Boulder H.S.)

T.J. Mahony scored 39 points and shot 63% from the field (15-24) in two games last week.  Mahony went 6-for-11 from the field and 7-for-10 from the line, finishing with 19 points in Macalester's 73-63 win Wednesday at St. Mary's.  He was 9-for-13 shooting and had 20 points in Macalester's 77-60 loss Saturday to St. Thomas.  For the week, he was 15 for 24 from the field, 9-for-14 from the line, and had 39 points and six rebounds.

Josh Wilhelm (Sr./Minnetonka, Minn.) led all scorers in Carleton's two games this past week. He had 24 points and eight rebounds in a 71-66 win over Concordia-Moorhead on Wednesday, and then poured in 30 points (nine of 12 from the floor, 11-of-12 from the line) and grabbed five rebounds against St. Mary's University in an 80-71 loss on Saturday.  Wilhelm has averaged 24.7 points per game through his first seven contests, and has connected on 88 percent (44 of 50) of his free throws.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, Jan. 5, 1999

Gustavus senior wing Bob Southworth (Gibbon, Minnesota) averaged 22.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in leading Gustavus to three wins during the week including the team title at the California Lutheran Holiday Tournament. At the California Lutheran Tourney, Southworth scored 21 points in a 79-63 win over Wartburg and then added 21 points in a 68-56 win over Gettysburg in the championship game.  Southworth, who was 13-of-18 from the field (68%), six-of-seven from three-point range (85%) and 10-of-13 from the free throw line (77%) in the two games, was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player.  The Gusties returned to MIAC play on Monday night and Southworth scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 78-56 win over Bethel in St. Peter.  He maintained his torrid shooting pace against the Royals making eight-of-15 from the field including five-of-nine from three-point range. Through seven games Southworth is averaging 16.4 points per game and he is shooting 54% from the field, 54% from three-point range and 82% from the free throw line.  The Gusties, who are 5-2 overall, are currently in first place in the MIAC with a record of 3-0.

Other top performances last week

Carleton's Paul Novotny (Sr./Champlin, Minn.) scored 25 points and added 12 rebounds to help Carleton outlast Bethel 96-90 in double overtime on Saturday. Novotny carried the team after Josh Wilhelm fouled out with 3:50 remaining in regulation; for the game, Novotny connected on nine of 17 field-goal attempts and played a game high-45 minutes.

Devean George, Augsburg forward (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret HS) -- George scored 62 points in two Auggie victories this week, leading Augsburg to a 7-2 overall record and 4-1 conference mark. George scored 23 points and had 12 rebounds in Augsburg's 69-62 home win over St. Mary's on Saturday, and had 39 points (27 in the second half) and 10 rebounds in leading Augsburg to a convincing 95-74 win at St. Thomas on Monday night, Augsburg's largest margin of victory in a game over St.
Thomas since 1981-82. George is now third on Augsburg's all-time career scoring list with 1,741 points. The school record is held by current coach Brian Ammann (1981-85), who had 2,271 career points.

Eric Joldersma, 6-6 post, senior, Milaca, MN

Joldersma led Bethel in two disappointing losses on Saturday and Monday. In Saturday's 96-90 double overtime loss to Carleton, Joldersma had a career high 48 points (15-25 FGs, 4-9 3FGs, 14-20 FTs), 12 rebounds, and one assist. His 48 points was one shy of Dale Turnquist's school record. On Monday, Joldersma led all scorers in the Royals 78-56 loss to Gustavus. He had 27 points (11-24 FGs, 2-6 3FGs, 3-7 FTs), six rebounds, and a team high four assists.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, Jan. 12, 1999

Eric Joldersma, 6-6 Post/Wing, Senior, Milaca, MN

Joldersma averaged 28.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in leading Bethel to three road victories over Concordia (74-70), St. Olaf (75-65 OT), and St. Thomas (71-65).

In the win over Concordia, Joldersma had 25 points (8-14 FGs, 2-3 3FGs, 7-10 FTs), and six rebounds. Against St. Olaf, he added 32 points (10-24 FGs, 3-7 3FGs, 9-11 FTs), a game high 14 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and four steals in 41 minutes. In the St. Thomas win, Joldersma had a game high 30 points (11-17 FGs, 4-5 3FGs, 4-6 FTs), six rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. He had three of his three point baskets in the final seven minutes.

The St. Thomas victory was Bethel's first win at St. Thomas since the 1991 MIAC Playoffs.

Joldersma is averaging 30.8 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game. He is shooting 53.8% from the field, including 47.8% from three point range.

Other top performances last week

Ryan Rankin (Jr., 6-6, 230, Forward, Green Bay, Wis.)

Rankin averaged 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in the Cardinals' three straight wins last week. Rankin scored 18 points in the Cardinals' 68-57 win over St. Olaf, then added 22 points and seven rebounds in a 65-57 win over St. John's and completed the week with his first double-double of the season,  a 17-point, 11-rebound performance against Hamline. With Rankin leading the way, the Cardinals won three straight games for the first time in the ¹90s. Rankin currently leads the team with a 17.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg and has been SMU's leading scorer in eight straight games and 10 of their 11.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, Jan. 19, 1999

Devean George, Augsburg forward (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret HS) -- George set an MIAC single-game scoring record with a 52-point performance in Augsburg's 105-97 overtime victory at Carleton on Saturday. George also broke the old Augsburg single-game scoring record of 48 points, set by Dan Anderson in 1963 and tied by George this season against St. Cloud State, as well as the old conference record of 49 points, set by St. John's Bill Sexton in 1954. George went 18 of 23 from the floor and 12 of 13 from the free-throw line, in addition to pulling down nine rebounds and contributing three assists. Earlier this week, George scored 35 points and 13 rebounds in a 75-69 home win over St. Olaf on Wednesday, and had 27 points and 11 rebounds (also 8 of 9 at the free-throw line) in an 80-72 win at St. John's on Monday.

In 81 career games, George now has 1,867 career points and 691 career rebounds. The scoring performance Saturday marked the fourth time in George's career that he has scored 40 or more points in a single game, the 50th time he has scored 20 points or more and the 77th time he has scored in double figures -- includling 69 of the last 70 career games. George alsohas 24 career double-doubles (points-rebounds), including eight this season.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, Jan. 26, 1999

Carleton point guard Brandon Moersch (Jr./Northfield, Minn.) shattered the school single-game assist record Saturday in Carleton's 88-67 win over St. John's. Moersch dished out 17 assists (along with a mere two turnovers) in 29 minutes of action, to break his own record of 12, set Dec. 9 in a win over Concordia-Moorhead. Earlier in the week, Moersch hit double digits in assists again (with 10, and again with only two turnovers) in Carleton's 63-59 win over St. Olaf. He's currently averaging 6.9 assists per game on the year, with a league-leading 7.8 per game in MIAC play.

Other top performances last week

St. Thomas Mens Basketball
Player of the Week Nomination
Sean Stephens, 6-0, Senior, Guard, LaCrosse, Wis./Aquinas HS
In the Toms only game of last week, Stephens had 16 points and seven rebounds in a 74-53 win at St. Marys. Stephens made 4-of-5 from the field (1-of-2 3FG) and 7-of-8 at the FT line. In his last four games, Stephens has averaged 14 ppg,  4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg while making 18-of-30 FG (6-of-10 3FG) and 13-of-14 at the  line. He made a 3-pointer in the final seconds that forced OT in USTs 74-73 win  at St. Johns Jan. 16. Stephens has played 27 minutes a game but has only 14  turnovers in 15 games as starting point guard. The Toms are 5-0 in MIAC road  games this season and are 12-2 in MIAC road games since January 1998. Saturdays  win over the much improved Cards was USTs 23rd in a row in the series.

Devean George, Augsburg forward (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret HS) -- George crept closer to the 2,000-point career scoring barrier with 65 points in 66 minutes of two games. In a 90-63 home win over Hamline on Wednesday night, George had game highs of 25 points and 11 rebounds. On Saturday, George had 40 points, eight rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in a 78-67 win over Concordia-Moorhead. Augsburg is now 13-2 overall and 10-1 in the MIAC. George, who is averaging 29.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game (overall), is one of just two players listed in the most recent Division III national statistics to average a double-double per game. He now has 1,932 career points and 710 career rebounds.

St. Olaf College senior Justin Herzog (Maple Grove/Totino Grace) scored 28 points and earned a double-double in two MIAC games last week. The 6-4 Ole guard-forward scored 15 in the Ole victory over Macalester on Jan. 23, and added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the St. Olaf loss to Carleton on Jan. 20. Herzog, who was All-Conference and MIAC All-Defense last season, leads the Oles in scoring with a 13.8 average over 15 games this season. He's also high on the rebound list, averaging 6.7 per game, and leads the team in assists, at 3.87 per game. In his four years at St. Olaf, Herzog has scored 870 career points through Jan. 23, 1999.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, Feb. 2, 1999

Carleton forward Josh Wilhelm (Sr./Minnetonka, Minn.) had 87 points and 29 rebounds in three games, recording two double-doubles along the way. Wilhelm scored a game-high 31 points and added nine rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's 67-57 win over Concordia, and then followed that effort with a 27-point, 10-rebound performance in Carleton's 83-67 win over St. Mary's on Saturday. Wilhelm added another 29 points and 10 boards in Monday's 75-71 win over Bethel, and was 11-of-13 from the free throw line. For the season, he's averaging 23.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

Other top performances last week

Ryan Rankin (Jr., F, 6-6, 230, Green Bay, Wis.)

Saint Mary's University forward Ryan Rankin scored a career-high 30 points Monday in a heartbreaking 70-68 loss to league-leading Augsburg to cap an outstanding week for the Cardinal junior. In the last three games, Rankin has averaged 19.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg. He recorded his fourth double-double of the season (18 points, 11 rebounds) against Macalester, then followed that up with a 10-point, five-rebound effort against Carleton. Against Augsburg, Rankin nailed 13 of 22 field goals and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line en route to his career-high effort. For the season, Rankin has been the Cardinals' leading scorer in 15 of their 18 games and has scored 20 or more points six times. He is currently averaging 17.3 ppg and 5.6 rpg for the Cardinals.

St. Thomas -- Cole Butler, Freshman, 6-7 Center, Rochester/Lourdes

Butler was huge in Monday's 67-60 victory over St. Olaf that ran the Toms' winning streak to five. He scored a career-high 18 points and added 11 rebounds and three blocked shots while making 6-of-9 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. (Bulter was scoreless in the first season meeting vs. St. Olaf Jan. 2). In Saturday's 77-52 win over Macalester, Butler had 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks while making 6-of-8 from the field. In last Wednesday's 89-61 win over hamline, Butler was scoreless in 20 minutes and added four rebounds and two blocks. In three games he was 12-of-19 from the field 6-of-8 from the line and averaged 10 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 2.7 bpg.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, Feb. 9, 1999

Ryan Rankin (Jr., Forward, 6-6, 230, Green Bay, Wis.) Saint Mary's University's Ryan Rankin  averaged 24.0 ppg and 7.3 rpg in the Cardinals' three games last week. He scored a career-high 30 points in the Cardinals' two-point loss to league-leading Augsburg, then added 20 points in an overtime loss to St. Olaf and 22 in a six-point loss to St. John's. Rankin has led the Cardinals in scoring in 17 of their 20 games this season and is currently leading the team in scoring (17.6 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg).

Other top performances last week

Eric Joldersma, 6-6 Sr. Post/Wing, Milaca, MN

Joldersma returned to Bethel's lineup after missing two games with an illness. In Wednesday's 80-57 loss to Gustavus, Joldersma contributed 14 points and eight rebounds. On Saturday, in a 87-70 win over Concordia, he scored a game high 30 points (12-21 FGs, 3-5 3pt FGs, 3-4 FTs), a team high 10 rebounds, and game highs of four assists and two blocks. Joldersma is averaging 27.1 points per game (third nationally, second in the MIAC) and 9.4 rebounds per game. Bethel is 12-7 overall, and 9-6 in the MIAC.

Saint John's University sophomore wing Troy Bigalke, Monticello/Monticello High School, averaged 17.5 ppg and five rpg in two home wins for the Johnnies last week.  On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Bigalke led the Johnnies with 14 points in a 90-62 win over Hamline.  On Saturday, Feb. 6, Bigalke added 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals in a 59-53 win over Saint Mary's.  Bigalke went 13 for 22 from the field and 7 for 9 from the free throw line in the two games.  Bigalke, on the season, is averaging 11.1 ppg and 3.7 rpg for the 10-9 Johnnies.

Gustavus post Marc Newell, a senior from Fergus Falls, Minnesota averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals last week as the Gusties defeated Bethel 82-55 and St. Olaf 69-55 on the road.  Newell, who shot 80% from the field (12-15) and 75% from the free throw line (6-8), scored 21 points (8-11 fg, 5-6 ft), grabbed five rebounds, dished out three assists and recorded four steals at St. Olaf.  Newell also contributed nine points (4-4 fg, 1-2 ft), grabbed five rebounds and dished out two assists in the win at Bethel.  Newell has been very instrumental in the Gusties current four-game winning streak averaging 13.5 points, 6.75 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  He has missed a triple-double twice in the last ten days by one rebound each time. Gustavus is currently in second place in the MIAC with a mark of 12-3.  The Gusties are 14-5 overall.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, Feb. 16, 1999

Gustavus center Luke Schmidt averaged 16 points and seven rebounds a game in three convincing conference wins last week.  Schmidt scored 14 points and grabbed three rebounds in a 61-43 win at home over Carleton, he added 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 77-61 win at Macalester and finished with 17 points and seven rebounds in a 80-54 win at home over St. Thomas.  Schmidt, who is averaging 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in league play, is now just 20 points away from his 2,000th career point.  During the Gusties current seven game winning streak, Schmidt is averaging 17.6 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

Other top performances last week

Jeoffrey Reed, Augsburg guard (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn./De La Salle HS) --  Reed, the Auggies' starting point guard, turned in three solid performances as Augsburg improved to 20-2 overall and clinched at least a share of the MIAC regular-season championship with a 17-1 conference record. Last Wednesday, Reed rallied the Auggies to a come-from-behind, 65-62 victory over Macalester, scoring 13 of his game-high 21 points in the final eight minutes, including going 5-for-7 from three-point range. He added two assists and a steal. On Saturday, in an 85-81 win over St. John's, Reed had 10 points, four assists and a steal, including two game-clinching free throws with 19 seconds to play. On Monday night, in a 94-80 win at St. Olaf, Reed had 14 points, four assists and a steal. Reed is currently fourth on the Auggies in scoring, averaging 9.0 points per game, while contributing 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game. It is his first season as the Auggies' starting point guard, after splitting time with the graduated Willie Fisher last season.

Eric Joldersma, Senior, Post/Wing, Milaca, MN

Joldersma averaged 26.7 points and 11 rebounds as Bethel remained in the MIAC playoff chase with wins over St. Olaf and St. Thomas. In Bethel's 70-64 win over St. Olaf, Joldersma had 25 points (9-18 FGs, 1-3 3pt FGs, 6-8 FTs) and 13 rebounds, both game highs. In the Royals' 86-70 win over St. Thomas, Joldersma had 39 points (15-21 FGs, 2-3 3pt FGs, 7-10 FTs) and 12 rebounds. In Bethel's 74-55 loss St. John's on Monday night, he had a team high 16 points and eight rebounds.

St. Olaf center Matt Jensen (senior, Waseca, Minn.),  hit his 1,000th career point last week. Jensen led all scorers in the Ole victory over Concordia Feb. 13 with 21 points. On Feb. 10 against Bethel he added 16. Jensen averages 13.6 points per game, and also leads the Oles in rebounding, averaging 7.3 boards per game.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, Feb. 23, 1999

Justin Herzog, St. Olaf senior guard/forward (Maple Grove, Minn.). On Feb. 20, in his final collegiate game (against Carleton) Herzog surpassed 1,000 career points, leading the Oles with 18 for a career total of 1,006. Herzog, who plays considerably taller than his 6-4 under the boards, also grabbed nine rebounds against the Knights. On Feb. 17 against Hamline Herzog scored 14, on the heels of a 27-point performance against Augsburg Feb. 15.

Other top performances last week

Kip Sparby, Junior, Guard Cold Spring, Minn/Rocori

Sparby played all 55 minutes in the Toms' 85-83, three-overtime victory over St. John's last Wednesday (UST's only game of the week). Sparby had 29 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three blocks (three turnovers). He made 10-of-21 FG (7-of-14 3FG) and 2-of-4 FT. He made 1-of-2 free throws with 12 seconds left in the third OT to give the Toms their final margin of victory. He made clutch three-point baskets in each of the three OT at points when SJU was threatening to take control -- his trey tied the score at 55-55 in the first OT, his three pulled UST within 69-68 in the second OT after the Johnnies had a four-point lead, and another three tied the score at 74-74 in the third OT. Sparby also surpassed 500 career rebounds in the game (He has 1,070 career points). He scored in double figures in all 20 MIAC games. He has 183 career 3-pointers and could make a run at the MIAC record in 1999-2000. The Toms finished 14-10 overall, their 16th consecutive winning season, and tied Carleton to fourth place at 12-8. The school's 11-year streak of MIAC playoff berths was halted, however.

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MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, March 1, 1999

Bob Southworth,(Sr., G, New Brighton, MN) scored 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the      Gusties picked up wins over Bethel (71-57) and Augsburg (66-64) last weekend to win the MIAC      Playoff Championship and the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. At home against Bethel,    Southworth scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds as he made six-of-11 field goals and     four-of-five free throws in the game. At Augsburg, Southworth contributed 17 points and seven      rebounds. He made seven-of-14 shots from the field, one-of-one from three-point range and      two-of-three from the free throw line. Normally, a perimeter player, Southworth scored 24 of his 33      points in the two games in the paint posting up against smaller opponents. The Gusties, who are      currenlty 21-5 overall on the season, face Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Thursday in St. Peter in the first  round of the NCAA Tournament.

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