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Men’s basketball team wins MIAC playoff championship

mbb-2014-03-02The St. Olaf College men’s basketball team defeated the University of St. Thomas Sunday afternoon to win the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoff championship.

Justin Pahl ’16 had 20 points and Sterling Nielsen ’15 had 16 as visiting St. Olaf defeated St. Thomas 63-53.

The win gives the Oles (22-5) the MIAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament, which will begin later this week. St. Olaf will play Central College in the first round.

The appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament will be the first for the Oles. St. Olaf made three appearances in the NCAA tournament in the early 1970s before the association split into three divisions.

The title is the first basketball championship of any kind since the St. Olaf men shared the MIAC regular season title in 1988-89.

Read more about the championship game in the Star Tribune and at St. Olaf Athletics.