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1999-2000 MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Feb. 28, 2000

Saint John's University junior guard Troy Bigalke, Monticello, scored 44 points and had 14 rebounds last week as the Johnnies won the MIAC playoff title.

In Thursday's, 58-57, semifinal win at Augsburg, Bigalke had 11 points and eight rebounds. Bigalke hit two free throws with six seconds left that ended up being the game-winning points. In the game, Bigalke also became the 25th player in SJU history to score 1,000 points in a career.

In Saturday's, 78-64, championship game win at St. Thomas, Bigalke had a career-high 33 points, including 7-for-7 from behind the three-point line. Bigalke also brought down six rebounds.

Bigalke, named Co-MVP of the MIAC last week, is averaging 19.3 ppg and 4.6 rpg. Bigalke will lead the 20-6 Johnnies into the first round of the NCAA Div. III tournament on Thursday, March 2, at Ripon, Wis.
 

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1999-2000 MIAC Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week
Feb. 21, 2000

Augsburg guard Kevin Van Rossum (Sr., Green Bay, Wis./Preble HS) became
the 15th player in Augsburg College history to break the 1,000-point barrier with three outstanding performances last week. In each game of the three -- an 86-70 win over St. Olaf on Monday, an 82-78 win at Carleton on Wednesday and an 82-70 win over Hamline on Saturday -- he hit six 3-pointers, scoring 20 points  on Monday, 21 points on Wednesday and 23 points on Saturday. Van Rossum now has 1,012 career points and a school-record 236 three-pointers -- also good for third all-time among MIAC men's basketball players (all games). Van Rossum led the Auggies in scoring in each game, lifting Augsburg to a second-place finish in the MIAC and a berth in the conference playoffs for the fourth year in a row. Van Rossum is averaging 13.3 points per game and has 70 three-pointers this season, the third-best in a single season in school history.

St. Thomas junior forward Mike Wrobel (Willmar, Minn.) had two double-doubles last week, averaging 18.0 rpg and 14.5 ppg (14-of-27 FG),  to lead the Toms to a 2-0 week that clinched the MIAC Championship. In Monday's 89-79 win over Gustavus, Wrobel had 12 points and 21 rebounds. In Wednesday's 17-point win at St. John's, he contributed 17 points and 15 rebounds. Wrobel has five double-doubles on the season while averaging 11.4 ppg and 8.4 rpg and shooting 55% from the floor. In his first season at St. Thomas, Wrobel has helped the Toms to a 20-4 record,  including wins in 14 of their last 15 games. UST is the top-seed for the  MIAC playoffs and hosts Bethel Thursday (7:30 p.m.) in a semifinal game.
 
 
 

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1999-2000 MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Feb. 14, 2000

Bethel's Eric Robertson, Sophomore, Post, Andover, MN/Anoka H.S.

Robertson led Bethel to two victories last week over St. Olaf (76-55) and league leading St. Thomas (83-77). In the win over the Oles, the 6-8 post had 18 points (7-10 FGs/4-5 FTs) and five rebounds. In Bethel's win over St. Thomas, Robertson netted a career high 24 points (9-13 FGs/6-9 FTs), four rebounds, 1 block and two steals in his 28 minutes.

Robertson averaged 21 points and 69.5% shooting from the field for the week. Bethel has won seven consecutive games and is tied for fourth place in the MIAC with Gustavus, at 10-7.

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1999-2000 MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Feb. 7, 2000

Kip Sparby, St. Thomas, SR, Guard, Cold Spring/Rocori HS

St. Thomas senior guard Kip Sparby  (Cold Spring, Minn./Rocori HS) came off the bench to average 16 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 3.0 apg and hit nine-of-22 threes to lead the first-place Tommies to a 3-0 week. Sparby scored 13 points in the final 3:02 to lead a 13-6 game-closing run as the Toms rallied to beat second-place Augsburg, 91-89. Augsburg led 86-82 with 1:40 left when Sparby hit a three. He converted a three-point play with :37 seconds to go to put UST ahead. After an Auggie three-pointer with :20 left, Sparby converted a three-point play with :06 to go that erased an 89-88 Auggie lead. Sparby also had 13 points (all first half) in 31-point win at St. Olaf, then hit 17 (all in second half) of 12-point home win over Carleton. He moved into second place in MIAC history for three-point baskets with 232 and needs eight to move past leader Jim Lovrein of Carleton (239, 1994-98). Sparby also surpassed 1,300 career points Saturday. The Toms have won 11 in a row and have a two-game lead over runner-up St. John's with four games to play.
 

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1999-2000 MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Jan. 31, 2000

Bethel's Brett Repasky, So. Guard, Maple Grove, MN/Maple Grove HS

Sophomore guard Brett Repasky (Maple Grove, Minn.) led Bethel to two MIAC wins last week, moving the Royals within two games of fourth place in the MIAC. In Monday's 72-68 win over St. Mary's, Repasky led Bethel with 15 points (7-10 FGs). In Saturday's 88-81 win over Augsburg, he led all-scorers with 24 points (8-11 FGs, 5-6 3pt FGs, 3-3 FTs). Three of his three-point shots came in the first 6:30 of the second half and pushed Bethel to a ten point lead.  For the week, Repasky averaged 19.5 points, and 4.0 rebounds per game.  He shot 71.4% from the field (15-21 FGs) and 71.4% from 3pt range (5-7 3pt FGs).  Bethel is currently 7-9 overall and 5-7 in the MIAC.

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1999-2000 MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Jan. 24, 2000

St. Thomas junior point guard Mark Buri (St. Paul, Minn./Trinity HS) averaged 19 points per game, 5 assists per game, 4.5 rebounds per game and only one turnover per game to lead the Toms to a 2-0 week that let them move into a share of the MIAC lead. In Monday's 76-67 win over St. John's, Buri had 15 points (3-6 FG, 3-4 3FG, 6-6 FT), four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover. In Saturday's 81-63 win over St. Mary's, Buri had a career-high 23 points (7-of-8 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 8-10 FT) with seven assists, five rebounds, three steals and one turnover. St. Thomas has won six in a row to climb to 12-3 overall and 9-2 in the MIAC.

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1999-2000 MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Jan. 17, 2000

Concordia's sophomore center Jeff Ubben (6-7, Moorhead, Moorhead HS) scored 55 points and had 24 rebounds last week as the Cobbers went 2-1, putting themselves in 4th place in the MIAC with a 5-4 record. Ubben had 21 points in Monday's overtime loss to St. Thomas. He scored 23 points in Wednesday's 70-67 win at St. Olaf. And he racked up 16 rebounds and 11 points in Concordia's 67-52 win over St. Mary's Saturday. Ubben is averaging 13.6 ppg and 7.2 rpg for the season.
 

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1999-2000 MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Jan. 10, 2000

Macalester guard Patrick Russell, a sophomore from Plymouth, Minn. (Wayzata HS), scored 39 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while shooting .667 from the field (14-for-21) and .714 from three-point range (10-for-14) in two MIAC games last week. Russell scored 14 points, making four-of-seven from three-point territory in Macalester's 60-36 win over Concordia on Wednesday, and added 25 points and eight rebounds in Saturday's 60-59 loss at Hamline. Against Hamline, Russell was 9-for-12 from the field and 6-for-7 from behind the arc.  Russell ranks third in the MIAC in scoring averaging 19.2 points per game.  The Scots are currently in fourth place in the MIAC with a record of 3-2.

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1999-2000 MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Dec. 13, 1999

Augsburg senior forward Justin Wismer (Golden Valley, Minn./Blake HS) averaged 16 points and 6.5 rebounds in leading Augsburg to two victories last week to remain unbeaten (3-0) in conference play, as the Auggies scored wins over two MIAC playoff teams from last season. Wismer scored 12 points, pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and had two steals as Augsburg won for the second year in a row at Gustavus, 66-61 on Wednesday. On Saturday, Wismer scored 20 points -- including seven of the team's last 12 -- and had five rebounds and two steals as Augsburg rallied from a 10-point deficit to claim an 80-77 home win over Bethel. Wismer, who returned to the Auggies this season after a one-year absence from the team, is averaging 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as Augsburg stands 4-2 going into the holiday break.
 

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1999-2000 MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Dec. 6, 1999

St. John' s University junior Troy Bigalke, a native of Monticello, Minn., averaged 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in two wins this past week. Bigalke had 20 points, five steals and four rebounds in a 72-62 win over Div. II St. Cloud State on Nov. 30. On Dec. 4, in a 74-69 win over Carleton, Bigalke added 19 points and seven rebounds.

Bigalke is currently averaging 22.5 points, 4.2 rebounds per game. The Johnnies are 4-0, 1-0 in the MIAC and undefeated in its first four games of the season for the first time since the 1985-86 season.

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1999-2000 MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Nov. 29, 1999

Carleton's Scott Christensen, a freshman point guard from Northfield, Minnesota, sparkled in his first two collegiate starts, guiding Carleton to the tournament title at the Colorado College Thanksgiving Tournament. The Knights defeated host Colorado College, 70-49, in their opener, and then defeated Wartburg 68-62 in the championship game. Christensen was named the tournament MVP, after two veteran performances. He scored 15 points and snared six rebounds, alongside three assists and two steals, in the win over Wartburg; he scored 10 points and had six assists, five rebounds and three steals against Colorado College. For the tournament, Christensen had a 9-4 ratio of assists to turnovers.
 

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1999-2000 MIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Nov. 23, 1999

Concordia's Joe Ford (Sr., 6-4, Grand Forks, ND, Central HS) had 23 points to lead the Cobbers to a 69-67 overtime win at NDSU on Saturday. The season opening win over the Division II Bison was the Cobbers' first over NDSU since 1986 but the second in their last five meetings. Ford was 8-16 from the field, 3-6 from three point range and 4-4 from the free throw line. He also grabbed 4 rebounds.
 
 
 

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