Basketball Gameday: St. John’s at St. Olaf

MIAC men’s basketball

St. John’s (3-2 MIAC, 5-5 overall)

at St. Olaf (4-2 MIAC, 7-4 overall)

Game time: 3 p.m., Skoglund Center, Northfield

Broadcast: WBHR-AM (660)

About the Johnnies: St. John’s won its second straight game with a 70-57 victory over Macalester Wednesday night at Sexton Arena.

That game marked the start of a 13-day stretch in which the Johnnies will play six games — including three straight on the road. Junior post Blake Maslonkowski had 14 points. He is averaging 9.5 points and six rebounds per game this season.

Starting lineup

PG – Kevin McKenzie (5-8, 155, Sr., De Pere, Wis.) 5.4 ppg 2.3 rpg

W – Jack Wittenborg (6-1, 175, Sr., Bloomington Jefferson H.S.) 7.1 ppg 3.1 rpg

W – Patrick Butcher (6-0, 180, Sr., Louisville, Kent.) 10.7 ppg 2.5 rpg

P – Nick Meyer (6-1, 190, Sr., Benilde-St. Margaret’s H.S.) 6.5 ppg 2.7 rpg

P – Blake Maslonkowski (6-5, 225, Jr., St. Cloud Apollo H.S.) 9.5 ppg 6.0 rpg

About the Oles: St. Olaf, which is tied for third place in the MIAC standings, dropped a heartbreaker 63-62 to St. Thomas Wednesday snapping a three-game winning streak.

Senior Connor Gunderson is averaging 13.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game to lead his team. Junior Sterling Nielsen is averaging 11.8 points per game.

Starting lineup

G – Justin Pahl (6-4, 180, So., East Ridge H.S.) 8.4 ppg 2.4 rpg

G – Sterling Nielsen (6-1, 195, Jr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) 11.8 ppg 2.6 rpg

F – Connor Gunderson (6-6, 200, Sr., Austin H.S.) 13.6 ppg 4.8 rpg

F – Mason Braden (6-6, 215, Jr., Elkhart, Ind.) 4.4 ppg 2.6 rpg

C – Charlie Aslesen (6-6, 185, Sr., St. Thomas Academy H.S.) 4.0 ppg 1.7 rpg

 
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