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Home win sends Men's Hoops into share of MIAC lead

Home win sends Men's Hoops into share of MIAC lead

Senior Elijah Hannah scored 21 points off the bench and No. 5-ranked St. Thomas used a 26-5 second-half run to pull away in Wednesday night's 94-73 home men's basketball win over St. Olaf at Schoenecker Arena.

Senior Tommy Anderson added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Tommies (11-1 overall, 7-0 MIAC), who moved into a share of the conference lead with idle St. John's and ran their season win streak to 10.

The Tommies face the No. 7-ranked and 11-1 Johnnies Saturday afternoon in St. Paul in a showdown of top-10 ranked teams.

St. Thomas had only six turnovers, made 22-of-28 at the foul line, and recorded a 45-22 edge in bench points. Anders Nelson scored 16 points, Zach Theisen scored 12, and Burt Hedstrom sank nine points.

St. Olaf (6-6, 3-4) was led by Dominic Bledsoe's 15 points. The Oles made only 14-of-24 at the foul line and after shooting 58 percent in the opening half, they shot 40 percent in the second half.

St. Thomas closed the first half on an 8-2 run to lead 45-40 at halftime. The Oles pulled within 63-61 on Bledsoe's made trey with 9:37 to go, but the Purple countered with an 18-3 run over the next 3:39 on the clock to take control.