After falling to St. John's 50-47 last Saturday, Gustavus made it count when it mattered most, as it returned to Collegeville just four days later to defeat the Johnnies 64-54 in the quarterfinals of the MIAC men's playoffs.
Gary Cooper scored 16 points for sixth-seeded Gustavus (16-10), which shot 65 percent from the floor in the second half to overcome a seven-point deficit against the third-seeded Johnnies (16-10). The Gusties will play at top-seeded St. Thomas in Friday's semifinals. The teams split their two regular-season matchups.
The other semifinal matchup will be fourth-seeded Bethel at second-seeded St. Olaf, which, like the Tommies, had a first-round bye. The Royals (18-8) defeated Concordia-Moorhead (15-11) 71-53 at home on Wednesday. Kyle Zimmermann had 26 points — going 12 of 15 from the field — and 12 rebounds for Bethel.
Fourth-seeded Minnesota Duluth (16-13) picked up its first postseason victory since 2006, defeating fifth-seeded Winona State (14-13) 67-64 in the opening round of the NSIC men's tournament.
Brett Ervin scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half for the host Bulldogs.
All eight home teams won in the opening round. That included Concordia-St. Paul (19-10), which beat Mary 78-65. The Golden Bears made 26 of 29 free throws.
Alexa Thielman connected on her 1,000th and 1,001st points to lead host Minnesota-Crookston to a 63-62 win over Concordia-St. Paul.
The third-seed Golden Eagles move on to the quarterfinals to face Minnesota State.
The Golden Bears end their year with a 15-14 mark, one-year removed from making the Elite Eight in the NCAA Division II tournament.
Just like the men, all eight home teams won in the opening round.