Junior guard Michael Hannon sank 5-of-7 from 3-point range and scored a game-high 23 points off the bench as the host Tommies won a showdown of MIAC men's basketball co-leaders Monday night with a 78-58 defeat of Bethel at Schoenecker Arena.
The Tommies (15-4 overall, 11-3 MIAC) have won six in a row and 11 of their last 12 games, including a 9-1 record to close out Janaury. St. Thomas leads Bethel (14-5, 10-4) by one game and St. John's (13-5, 9-4) by 1 1-2 games with six conference contests to play.
UST shot 52 percent from the field (33-of-63), outrebounded BU 38-27, and claimed a 35-14 advantage in bench scoring.
The host team used a 12-2 run to build a 30-19 lead with 6:11 to play in the opening half. The Tommies led 42-31 at halftime and started the second half on a 16-6 run to push the margin to 58-37.
Trevor Hall, Bridgeport Tusler and Tim Hanson each scored 10 points for Bethel. The Royals shot 55 percent in the first half (12-of-22) but made only 31 percent (9-of-29) after halftime.
St. Thomas is home Wednesday night to face Gustavus.