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Bench brings it, Men's Hoops stops No. 7-ranked Pointers

Bench brings it, Men's Hoops stops No. 7-ranked Pointers

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  • PHOTO: Michael Hannon sinks a try (Photo by Ryan Coleman, D3Photography)

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Senior guard Michael Hannon scored 20 points and the host Tommies outscored No. 7-ranked UW-Stevens Point 33-9 from 3-point range in Saturday night's 73-57 St. Thomas victory in non-conference men's play at Schoenecker Arena.

The Tommies (8-1) ran their season win streak to eight, thanks in large part to their 30-2 advantage in bench points.

Point (6-2) missed all 11 of its 3-point tries in the second half and closed the contest 3-for-20 behind the arc. Breet Tauber had 13 points and five rebounds and Drew Fredrickson had 13 points to lead Stevens Point, which had only seven turnovers but shot only 39 percent on the night.

St. Thomas had a 37-25 rebounding edge and shot 51 percent on the game. The Toms received points from eight different players during a 24-6 run midway through the second half that turned a 45-44 deficit into a 68-51 lead with 4:47 to play.

Anders Nelson sank a long 2-pointer at the end of the first half to let the Tommies take a 34-33 lead into the break. Nelson closed with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes.

Hannon sank 6-of-6 at the foul line and has made 23 in a row dating back to last season.

Senior Connor Bair scored nine points. Senior GT Johnson added seven boards and four assists.

Off the bench, soph Burt Hedstrom had eight points; junior Elijah Hannah contributed six points, five boards and three assists; junior Tommy Anderson had six points; junior Tom Madison had five points and six rebounds; and freshman guard Riley Miller had five points and three assists.

St. Thomas is off for final exams and the holiday break and resumes play Jan. 2 at home against Gustavus.