College men’s basketball: After nearly year-long wait, Saints hold court with rout of Northland in season opener

Former Esko product Quinn Fischer leads the way as St. Scholastica explodes for 48 first-half points.

Junior guard Quinn Fischer of Esko got off to a great start with 17 points Wednesday in St. Scholastica’s season-opening win over Northland. (File / CSS Athletics)

Junior guard Quinn Fischer of Esko had 17 points and St. Scholastica jumped out to a 48-21 halftime lead in cruising to an 84-51 nonconference victory over Northland Wednesday in their season opener, in Ashland.

The game had been postponed two times due to COVID-19 protocol but finally, the Saints took to the court for the first time in 333 days.

Jarod Wilken (13 points), Jack Silgen (11) and Isiah Hendrickson (10) all reached double figures in scoring for the Saints, who shot 50.8% for the game but really blitzed the nets in the first half, connecting on 16 of 30 field goals (53.33%), 6 of 14 3-pointers (42.9%) and 10 of 13 free throws (76.9%) to quickly turn this one in a rout.

Jordan Brennan was the lone player to reach double figures in scoring with 10 points for Northland.

St. Scholastica, picked to finish second in the UMAC, dominated inside with a 42-18 advantage on points in the paint.


The Saints begin conference play when they take on Minnesota-Morris in their home opener at 3 p.m. Saturday at Reif Gymnasium.

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