Sophomore guard Isiah Hendrickson of Duluth East matched his career high with 18 points as St. Scholastica started fast and rolled past Bethany Lutheran 71-53 in the UMAC Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinals Saturday before 48 fans at Reif Gym in Duluth.
Nick Carlson of Canyon added 12 points and Quinn Fischer of Esko chipped in 11 for the top-seeded Saints (10-0), who host second-seeded Northwestern (12-3) at 7 p.m. Monday for the championship.
Hendrickson had 10 of his game-high 18 points in the first half as the Saints took a 37-23 lead into halftime.
Six players scored at least seven points apiece for St. Scholastica. Jack Silgen grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and Cade Goggleye of Nett Lake had five steals.
While the Saints didn’t shoot particularly well at 44.6%, their defense did the job, holding fourth-seeded Bethany Lutheran (6-4) to 33.3%.
Hunter Nielsen had eight points and 10 rebounds to lead Bethany Lutheran, but nobody reached double figures in scoring for the Vikings.
CSS will be making its third consecutive UMAC championship game appearance.
Northwestern downed third-seeded North Central 67-51 in the other semifinal. Monday will mark the fourth championship game meeting between the Saints and Eagles in the past six years.