Will DeBerg scored 21 points and Tommy Hannon chipped in 16 as No. 11-ranked St. Thomas scored a 104-81 victory over Whitman in a non-conference men’s basketball game Thursday night in Walla Walla, Wash.
The Tommies (1-0) shot 65% from the floor (41-of-63) in the season-opening game for both teams. They scored 78 points in the game's last 27:13. It was the most points for St. Thomas in a season-debut game in 24 seasons.
Thirteen different players scored for UST. Conner Nord had 12 points and six rebounds; Erik Tengwall had nine points and four assists; Zach Riedeman had eight points.
The Tommies used a 16-2 run late in the first half to build a 48-32 halftime lead. Whitman never got closer than 10 in the second half. UST used a 28-15 run over the last 8:08 to pull away.
Whitman finished 18-8 last season and 19-8 in 2011-11.
St. Thomas plays Saturday at No. 14-ranked Whitworth.
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