Ryan Boll gets All-MIAC in Men's Hoops

Photo courtesy Nate Knobel
Photo courtesy Nate Knobel

MIAC news release

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Senior forward Ryan Boll topped a list of three Tommies to receive Men's Basketball All-MIAC mention for 2017-18. The annual honor teams were announced Tuesday by the conference office.

Boll was among six players voted first-team All-MIAC. In 104 career games, Boll was a three-year starter and scored in double figures 40 times. He contributed 875 points, 477 rebounds, 121 assists and 40 blocks. He started all 33 games on Tommies' NCAA champion team in 2016-17. This winter in 24 games he averaged 14.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists, with nine double doubles.

The Tommies had two of the five players named to the All-Rookie team -- freshmen guards Burt Hedstrom and Ryan Lindberg.

St. Thomas senior Tyler Potts was named to the league's Sportsmanship Team.

In 26 games, including 20 starts, Hedtsrom averaged 7.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists with 35 treys while shooting 39 percent behind the arc and 75 percent at the foul line. UST was 9-2 in games when Hedstrom scored nine or more points. Lindberg missed six games with injury but in 20 games averaged 7.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists with 38 treys. The Toms were 4-2 in games when Lindberg scored in double figures.

St. Thomas (14-12 overall) lost on the road last Wednesday to eventual MIAC playoff champ Augsburg in the first round of the postseason tournament, 67-55. The Tommies had a 12-year streak of NCAA tournament appearances end this season.

Eight of the Tommies' 12 defeats came against teams that reached the Division III playoffs, including three losses by seven or less points.

The Toms lost four of their last five games -- all to NCAA playoff teams -- while averaging just 57 points a game. In its 14 wins, the Tommies averaged 85.5 points, but in its 12 losses, it averaged just 65.3 points.