Junior guard Marcus Alipate scored a career-high 22 points as No. 18-ranked St. Thomas opened its conference season with a 71-53 road win over previously-unbeaten Augsburg in Wednesday night's MIAC men's basketball play in Minneapolis.
The Tommies (3-1 overall, 1-0 MIAC) made 10 3-pointers, including five by Alipate. UST shot 59 percent from the field to just 38 percent for the hosts and helped hold Augsburg (3-1, 0-1) 32 points under its season average.
Senior guard Kelly Brandenburg had 14 points and 12 rebounds as the No. 10-ranked Tommies (3-1 overall, 1-0 MIAC) won their conference and home opener with Wednesday night's 56-40 defeat of Augsburg in MIAC women's basketball in Schoenecker Arena.
Six St. Thomas winter-sport teams have a busy stretch of competition before final exams begin Dec. 17.
No. 10-ranked Tommie women’s basketball (2-1) has five games in an 11-day stretch starting Wed. Dec, 4 with a 7:30 p.m. home opener, against Augsburg (2-0). A 5:15 p.m. junior-varsity game precedes the varsity.
Conference runner-up St. Thomas had 10 players recognized on the 2013 All-MIAC Football teams.
Six Tommies were named first-team, all seniors: linebackers Tremayne Williams and Harry Pitera; defensive lineman Riley Dombek; defensive back Josh Carey; offensive lineman Jason Flesher; and punter Garrett Maloney.
Tommie junior goalie Drew Fielding recorded his ninth career shutout in his 39th start, last Saturday night’s 3-0 home victory over St. Olaf.
That includes five shutouts last season and three in seven games thus farin 2013-14. Fielding also recorded four shutouts in two seasons of Juniors hockey.
Tommie volleyball (30-3) closed the season at No. 6 in the final AVCA Division III top-25 poll of 2013.
UST center Maggie Weiers (JR-New Prague) on Monday was named MIAC Player of the Week in women’s basketball. It’s the second conference weekly award for Weiers in her Tommie career.
UST forward Alex Altenbernd (JR-Moorhead) on Monday was named MIAC Player of the Week in men’s hockey. It’s the first conference weekly award for Altenbernd in his three-year Tommie career.
Senior Zach Riedeman scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and the visiting Tommies rallied from a 13-point deficit to top UW-River Falls, 75-69, in non-conference men’s basketball play Saturday night in River Falls.
Junior Conner Nord had 14 points and nine rebounds and senior Erik Tengwall had 13 points, five assists and six rebounds for No. 15-ranked St. Thomas (2-1).
Junior Drew Fielding made 30 saves in his third shutout of the season and Alex Altenbernd scored a short-handed goal to break a scoreless tie and added a second goal as Tommie men’s hockey recorded a 3-0 win over St. Olaf in Saturday’s MIAC game in Mendota Heights.