Gustavus senior guard Adam TeBrake (St. Peter, Minn.) scored a career-high 37 points, 25 in the first half, as the Gusties picked up a 75-60 win on Monday night in St. Paul. Gustavus won their sixth contest in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and their 11th overall. The Scots dropped to 2-7 in the MIAC and 3-11 overall as they fell for the fourth consecutive time.
As a team, Gustavus shot 52.9% (27-51) from the field, including 46.2% (6-13) from behind the three-point stripe. TeBrake was a sizzling 14-19 (73.7%) from the field, including four of six from three-point range in the first half. Post Phil Sowden (Junior, Park Center. Minn.) added 13 points and four assists, guard Andrew Olson (Junior, Owatonna, Minn.) chipped in eight points, and post Jay Stein (Sophomore, Arlington, Minn.) had seven rebounds.
Macalester shot only 39% (22-57) from the field and turned the ball over 17 times. Tom Conboy was the Scots’ leading contributor with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Brendan Bosman added 17 points. Jessie Hollander was also in double-digits, scoring 11 points.
Gustavus held a comfortable 14-point lead after eight minutes of play. It took the Gusties almost five minutes to miss their first shot, as the team led 10-0 at one point. Gustavus started the game shooting eight of ten and had a 21-7 lead with 12:01 to play in the opening half. A 13-5 run vaulted the Scots to within six points (26-20) of Gustavus with just under seven minutes remaining in the first half. TeBrake then went on a tear, scoring 13 straight points to lead the Gusties on a 16-6 run late in the half to take a 42-28 halftime advantage.
Coming out of the lockerroom the Gusties scored the first seven points of the second half and took a 49-28 lead. TeBrake was 6-7 from the field to pace the Gusites in the second half. The Gusties took their largest lead of the game (27 points) with 9:37 remaining to play. TeBrake hit a jumper from the right elbow to give the team a distinct 65-38 lead and the Gusties would not be threatened from there.
A 22-15 rebounding advantage, including 8-4 on the offensive glass, did enable the Scots to almost equal the scoring output of the Gusties in the second half (33-32). Macalester also held an edge from the free throw line, hitting at a 70% (12-17) clip compared to the Gusties 60% (15-25). It was not enough, however, as the Gusties defeated Macalester for the fifth consecutive time.
Gustavus hosts Saint John’s on Wednesday night at 7:30pm in St. Peter. Macalester will travel to Augsburg Wednesday night to play the first of three-straight MIAC road games.