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Witt, Huskies fall in Final Four

From St. Cloud State University Sports Information

Springfield, Mass. - Morris native Taylor Witt had a monster game to lead the St. Cloud State men's basketball team into the NCAA Division II Final Four. But the Huskies couldn't quite muster enough to take them further.

The No. 16 Huskies could not bounce back from an early first half deficit in the NCAA Division II Final Four Thursday night, and their record-setting 2009-10 season came to an end with a 76-70 loss to No. 2 Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Witt, who scored 43 points in the Huskies' Elite Eight round victory on Wednesday, scored 16 points against IU-Pennsylvania.

The Huskies end the most successful season in school history at 29-6 en route to the team's first Final Four appearance. The Crimson Hawks improve to 33-2 on the season and move on to the National Championship game between the winner of Bentley and Cal Poly Pomona.

"It turned out to be a great game," head coach Kevin Schlagel said. "I'm very proud of the way we bounced back. I'm so proud of our team and what they have accomplished this year."

Senior All-American Matt Schneck finished his career with one of the top performances in this year's tournament with his 23rd double-double of the season. He ended his last game in a Husky uniform with a game-high 29 points, while grabbing a tournament high 17 rebounds.

He finished his career at St. Cloud State fifth on the all-time scoring list with 1,599 points and fourth in rebounding with 909 rebounds. He became the fourth player in school history to grab over 900 rebounds Thursday night with his ninth rebound of the game in the first half.