The St. Scholastica men's basketball team will exit the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference with the league men's basketball regular season championship after a come-from-behind 83-80 win at Bethany Lutheran on Saturday.
The Saints (8-0, 7-0 UMAC) trailed 43-31 at halftime but shot their way back into the game after the break, making 60 percent of their shots from the field. They had cut the deficit to four in just four minutes, took the lead four minutes later and were up by 12 with 5:27 to play. Bethany countered and had the ball with the chance to tie on the final possession but could not get a shot off before the buzzer.
The Saints' Nick Carlson (South Ridge) had 20 of his 26 points in the second half to lead all scorers. Quinn Fischer (Esko) had 20 points and Cade Goggleye (North Woods) had a game-high 10 assists.
CSS will tune up for next weekend's UMAC Tournament with a nonconference game Monday at home vs. Crown.
- The CSS women couldn't make a halftime lead hold up in a 71-61 home loss to Bethany Lutheran on Saturday.
St. Scholastica (0-7, 0-6 UMAC) led 36-23 at the break before the Vikings pulled ahead by the end of the third quarter. Reigning UMAC Player of the Year Hanna Geistfeld scored 29 of her 33 points in the second half for Bethany.
Liz Frase and Amelia Zmuda had 15 points apiece for CSS, which will host Wisconsin-Superior on Monday.