Four Minnesota D-III basketball teams ousted in NCAAs

Luke Morrison scored 22 points, all in the second half, and Calvin’s men’s basketball team beat St. John’s 77-71 to open the Division III NCAA Tournament on Friday in Platteville, Wisconsin.

Zach Hanson had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Johnnies. The Knights (21-8) took the lead for good at 44-42 with 12:53 to play.

St. John’s (23-5) shot twice, the last at 73-71 with 22 seconds left, but Thad Shymanski had two free throws and the Knights held on.

Pomona-Pitzer 67, Northwest (St. Paul) 66: Joe Cookson made a three-point tiebreaker with 47 seconds left and the Sagehens (22-4) beat the Eagles (22-7) in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Noah Alm missed a jump at the buzzer for Northwestern, who led 44-36 early in the second period. Caleb Waldeck led the Eagles with 18 points.

Women

Simpson 73 years old, Gustave Adolphe 67 years old: Five players scored in double figures for host Storm (26-1), which opened the NCAA Tournament by defeating the Gusties (22-5) of Indianola, Iowa. Emma Kniefel scored 24 points for Gustavus, who trailed 52-35 after three quarters.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire 61, North Central 46: Jadelyn Ganski scored 20 points and the host Blugolds (22-7) beat the Rams (24-5), who were making their NCAA Tournament debut.

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