Freshman center Conner Nord collected 16 points and seven rebounds and the visiting Tommies used a 22-1 advantage in bench points in Wednesday's 66-59 win over host Carleton in MIAC men's basketball play in Northfield.
The Tommies (9-3 overall, 6-1 MIAC) remain atop the MIAC standings by one game over both Augsburg and Gustavus, both 5-2.
The Knights (6-7, 3-5) lost their fifth in a row, despite 26 points from Tom Sawatzke and 14 points and 16 rebounds from Caleb Rosenow.
Noah Kaiser tied his career high with 14 points. Freshman Marcus Alipate sank 3-of-3 from 3-point range and scored 13 points off the bench, and John Nance contributed eight assists, six points and five rebounds. UST had only four turnovers and shot 48.3% from the field.
The Tommies led 36-31 at halftime and used a 13-2 run to build the cushion to 15 points with 9:30 to play. The Knights closed the game on a 7-0 run to cut the UST lead to nine.
St. Thomas plays Saturday at Concordia-Moorhead, then returns home next Monday to face Bethel.
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