Men's Hoops rides frosh's big game to 67-59 win
January 6, 2003
Freshman point guard Sean Sweeney scored a career-high 29 points to lead the St. Thomas men's basketball team to a 67-59 victory over visiting Concordia-Moorhead in MIAC action Monday night in St. Paul's Schoenecker Arena.
Sweeney, a Cretin-Derham Hall graduate, made 11-of-17 from the field, including four 3-pointers, to carry the 18th-ranked Tommies (8-2 overall, 4-1 MIAC) to their sixth win in a row. St. Thomas has won 15 consecutive MIAC home games.
Concordia (1-10, 0-7) has lost eight games by eight or less points. Chris Thomas had 12 points, and Jared Swanson and Soren Nelson each had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Cobbers.
The Tommies outrebounded Concordia 44-28 and made 9-of-20 from 3-point range to the visitors' 5-of-21. Kevin Fitzgerald had 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists; Mark Paulson added six points and 11 rebounds; Nic Marx had eight points and four rebounds; and Jimmy Sioris had eight rebounds.
Concordia broke to a 14-3 lead but fell behind 30-23 at halftime. The Cobbers pulled within 57-54 with 3:36 left on two free throws by Swanson. But Sweeney capped a 7-0 run with two free throws with 1:59 to go for a 64-54 lead.see box score here