Sunday win gives Men's Basketball Midway Classic title

Sports Information Photo by George McGivern
Sports Information Photo by George McGivern

Senior Tommy Anderson and sophomore Zach Theisen each scored 14 points and No. 15-ranked Tommie Men's Basketball shot 58 percent from the floor en route to a 84-68 victory over DePauw for the championship of the University of Chicago Midway Classic.

A 29-9 Tommie run over the last 11:25 of the first half built a 41-27 halftime lead. St. Thomas pulled away with a 23-10 run to start the second half.

St. Thomas (4-1) was playing its fifth game in 11 days to open the season, all far away from campus from Spokane to Duluth to Chicago.

After sinking 19 treys on Saturday in a 19-point win over No. 9-ranked Nebraska Wesleyan, the Purple made 12 from 3-point range on Sunday.

Sophomore guard Anders Nelson and senior Elijah Hannah each scored 11 points, and sophomore Kevin Cunningham added nine points. The Toms had a modest 13 turnovers

DePauw (2-2) shot 54 percent from the field and made eight treys.

St. Thomas starts conference play and has its home opener Tuesday against Carleton (7 p.m.).