While the forecast for Tuesday night into Wednesday predicted snow, the weather inside the St. James Event Center called for heavy amounts of rain.
The Saints rang in 15 threes on their way to an 84-54 drubbing of T/ML/GHEC, ending their two-game losing streak.
“I’ve been waiting for that,” said coach Monson of his team’s shooting performance. “I know we’re a good shooting team, but it seemed like the last five or six games we’ve been in a little bit of a slump. It would’ve been nice to save those for the last couple of games, but hey, we’ll take it. That was fun.”
The Saints got out running early, taking a 9-3 lead early in the first half. The lead was trimmed back down to one on a basket by Cayden Fischer.
With less than four minutes remaining in the half, the Saints caught fire with a 15-3 run.
Logan Carlson buried a three-pointer, which was followed up by two of the same from Derrick Halvorson. Halvorson then converted an and-one layup. The junior guard capped his impressive run with a buzzer-beating three, giving the Saints a commanding 39-23 lead into the locker room.
“When they [Halvorson and Carlson] are hitting, you can’t double anybody on our team. It’s so important that they find and hit their shots. They’re both great shooters, they just have to find their rhythm. It was good to see them get going tonight.”
Halvorson scored 17, while Carlson chipped in 11 off the bench.
The flood gates would officially open in the second half, with Kobe Mohwinkel and Carlson each canning a pair of three-pointers in quick succession.
“He was letting it go tonight," said Monson of Mohwinkel. "He was ready to shoot and when he’s hot, he’s not missing. Teams have been keying in on him so it was nice to see him get himself open and hit shots.”
Mohwinkel finished with 20 points, hitting six threes. Peyton Hanson would also contribute with a three of his own, putting the exclamation point on a 17-4 run.
Parker Jones would add in three buckets down the stretch before giving way to the end of the bench.
Jones would cap his night with 15 points.
Jadon Malmgren-Diaz converted on a layup, and Trey Witcraft knocked down a three, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.
The blowout win ends a stretch of four games in five days for St. James.
The Saints next play on Thursday night against the red hot Saints from St. Peter, who have won nine of their last 11 games.