D’Angelo Harrison had a key four-point play and finished with 19 points and five steals to help St. John’s beat Minnesota 70-61 on Wednesday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals. Harrison converted the four-point play with 2:23 left to give St. John’s a 65-59 lead. He saved a loose ball before diving out of bounds, then drifted to the right corner and was fouled on a 3-pointer.
Minnesota State has a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
The St. Thomas football team likely has to win the rest of its games after losing to St. John’s last Saturday to get to the NCAA Playoffs. They still face tough league games against Bethel, the consensus MIAC favorite, Ausgburg, Concordia and Gustavus.
If you attend college at St. Thomas or St. John’s, the weekend where the two squads square off on the football field represents everything that’s right about college athletics. It will be an electric atmosphere on Saturday as the No. 10-ranked Tommies (2-0) host the Johnnies at O’Shaughnessy Stadium. With a forecast of close to 80 degrees and sunny skies expected, it will be a packed house as more than 10,000 fans are anticipated to represent the two schools.
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Why’s Harry Pitera always got a grin on his face? Probably because the two-time All-MIAC outside linebacker has his No. 2-ranked Tommies off to a 2-0 start. Maybe it’s knowing that 10,000-plus fans will be on hand to watch his senior class aim to cap their careers having never lost to arch-rival St. John’s, former MIAC immortal and national powerhouse.
St. Thomas hosts arguably the biggest small-college athletic event of the year Saturday as it opens the MIAC football slate against rival St. John’s at O’Shaughnessy Stadium. When the two teams met in St. Paul two years ago, St. Thomas broke a 29-year record with more than 10,000 people in attendance as the Tommies rolled to a 63-7 victory.
The death of the Big East as we know it hit home last week as 14 teams arrived at the World’s Most Famous Arena (Connecticut was ineligible). Next season, the “Catholic 7” will be reportedly joined by Butler, Creighton, and Xavier in a basketball-only conference that has paid to keep the Big East name.
The Big East tournament will have a touch of a wake to it this week. When games end, there will be plenty of reminiscing about rivalries and talk of what is to come.
The St. Thomas basketball team is in the grind of its conference schedule, but it’s been making things look rather easy lately.
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Hey MIAC football teams, remember that Brett Baune guy from Concordia? You know, the fullback who racked up a school record 34 career touchdowns thanks to running all over you these past couple years?
One can’t blame the St. Thomas football team if it enjoyed its post game celebration a little more than usual on Saturday. After all, it’s always more fun to beat your rival in their home stadium.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is playing it safe at the St. Thomas/St. John’s football game in Collegeville.
Opening the conference season doesn’t get much better than facing arguably your biggest rival, and that’s exactly the case for St. Thomas this week.