Friday, June 25, 2010
In its most successful season ever the men’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass. By winning a quarterfinal game, 92-88, over Midwestern State University (Texas), they reached the Final Four of the national tournament. The Huskies fell to Indiana (Pa.) 76-70, in the national semifinal game to conclude a season in which they won a school-record 29 games and posted a 29-6 overall record. The Huskies won the first-ever Elite Eight game behind one of the top performances in the tournament history from junior guard Taylor Witt of Morris. Witt had the fourth highest scoring total in an Elite Eight game with 43 points, including 38 in the second half. He also set an NCAA tournament record with 22 free throws made and 23 attempted.
To get to the Elite Eight St. Cloud State won the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament and the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament.
Senior center Matt Schneck of Whitefish Bay, Wis., led the Huskies in scoring and rebounding and, along with Witt, was named to the five-member Elite Eight All-Tournament team. Schneck was named to three All-American teams and averaged a double double in NCAA tournament games. He also earned honors as the Most Outstanding Player of the Central Region Tournament, the MVP of the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament, was named First Team All-NSIC and the NSIC Player of the Year. In addition, the marketing major was named to the NSIC All-Academic team and the College Sports Information Directors Association Academic All-District team.