Men’s Basketball Travels To Face No. 6-Ranked Johnnies

Posted on January 29th, 2018 by

Gustavus at Saint John’s
Date: Monday, Jan. 29
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Collegeville, Minn. | Sexton Arena
Live Coverage: Stats | Video


ST. PETER, Minn. – The Gustavus men’s basketball team is set for a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup at Saint John’s University Monday evening. The Gusties (10-8, 8-5 MIAC) and the Johnnies (16-1, 12-0 MIAC) are set to tipoff at 7 p.m. from Sexton Arena.

The Series

Monday’s game marks the 170th meeting between Gustavus and Saint John’s on the hardwood, with the Gusties holding a 111-68 advantage in the all-time series. Last year, the Johnnies swept a season series versus the Black and Gold with a 76-53 win at Gus Young Court and a 90-65 victory in Collegeville, Minn.

Last Time Out

The Gusties suffered a 65-57 setback at St. Olaf College Saturday afternoon in Northfield, Minn. as the Oles won the battle on the glass to salvage a series split. The Oles owned a 33-24 rebound advantage over the Gusties, while shooting 20- for-45 from the field and 9-21 from three-point range. Gustavus shot 23-53 from the field and 4-17 from beyond the arc. Riley Sharbono (Jr., Marshall, Minn.) led the way for the Gusties with a season-high 25 points, shooting 10-17 from the field, 2-6 from long-range, and 3-3 from the charity stripe. Jason Faul (Sr., Prior Lake, Minn.) added 10 points and led the team with six rebounds.

Scouting the Johnnies

No. 6-ranked Saint John’s, unbeaten since a loss at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in November, most recently rallied from an 11-point deficit to take down Bethel University 84-80 in overtime on Saturday in Arden Hills, Minn. to stay undefeated during conference play. Through last Friday, the Johnnies rank first in Division III with a 53.9 field goal percentage, sinking 484-of-898 field goal attempts and leads the MIAC with 84.8 points per game. Senior post player Tyler Weiss leads the Johnnies with 17.1 points per game, a 66.7 field goal percentage, and 7.4 rebounds per game, which all rank within the top-five in the conference.

Gustavus Notables

  • The Gusties matched their win total from last season with the Dec. 6 victory at Augsburg.
  • Last Wednesday’s win over St. Thomas snapped a seven-game losing streak versus the Tommies. The last Gustie win over UST was on Dec. 3, 2014 at Gus Young Court.
  • The Gusties shot a season-best 64 percent from the field during the second half versus St. Thomas, shooting 16-25.
  • Riley Sharbono leads the the MIAC with a 73-for- 86 clip from the free throw line.
  • Sharbono tallied a season-high 25 points at St. Olaf, tying a career-high with 10 field goals made.
  • Gustavus owns an 8-1 record when Sharbono sinks at least four free throws.

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