Menís basketball advances

Friday, March 30, 2012

Brett Putz

For the 13th time in school history and the fourth time in the last six seasons, the St. Cloud State men’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament. The 2012 tournament was played in Golden, Colorado on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines, March 10-13.

The Huskies were the sixth seed in the region and opened the tournament with a 77-72 win over No. 3 seed Bemidji State University. St. Cloud State advanced to the region semifinals against No. 2 Metro State (Denver) and led 34-29 before being outscored in the second half and losing to the Roadrunners, 76-64.

Sophomore center Tim Bergstraser, St. Cloud, led the Huskies in the win over Bemidji State with a game high 22 points and seven rebounds. Bergstraser was injured late in the game and did not play against Metro State. Junior forward Theo Rothstein, St. Michael, led the Huskies with 15 points.

The Huskies finished the season with a 20-9 record to mark the eighth 20-win season in head coach Kevin Schlagel’s career. He has posted more 20-win seasons than all of the Huskies previous men’s basketball coaches combined.

Schlagel collected his 300th career win on Feb. 17, in an 87-83 overtime win at Northern State University. He has the most wins of any St. Cloud State men’s basketball coach with a 301-141 career mark.

The Huskies were led by a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) All-Conference players. Junior guard Shaun Jensen, Spring Lake Park, was named to the first team and Bergstraser was named to the second.

Senior captain Brett Putz, Forest City, Iowa finished his collegiate career at the regional tournament. Putz set a new school record playing in 124 games and ended his career second on the all-time Husky three point field goal list with 245 treys.

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