Men’s Basketball Cruises Past Macalester 70-38

Posted on January 4th, 2010 by

The Gustavus men’s basketball team kept it’s unbeaten MIAC record intact with a 70-38 victory over Macalester Monday night in St. Paul, Minn.  Gustavus shot 51% (25-49) from the field in the game, as Macalester shot 35.6% (16-45).  Phil Wirtjes and Ryan McPartland were the leading scorers for the Gusties.  Wirtjes had 11 points on 3-6 shooting, while McPartland had 10 points shooting a perfect 4-4 from the field.

The Gusties got off to a fast start, taking a 7-0 lead on a three-pointer by Phil Wirtjes three minutes into the game.  Two minutes later, Gustavus took a 12-2 lead after a Tyler Grey three-pointer capped a three offensive rebound possession for the Gusties.  The Gusties out-rebounded Macalester 17-7 in the half and 35-21 in the game.  Gustavus closed the half on a 16-2 run, making the score 40-13 at halftime.  The Scots shot just 30% (6-20) from the field in the half, as Gustavus shot 58.3% (14-24).

The Gusties maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game, as the Scots’ smallest deficit was 24 points, after a pair of made free throws by Holden Bigler-Johnson.  The Gusties outshot the Scots 44% (11-25) to 40% (10-25) in the half.  The leading scorer for Macalester was Pierce Peters, who scored 13 points on 6-8 shooting.

The Gustavus men’s basketball team will play host to St. Olaf on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in St. Peter, Minn.

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