Stu Neville shoots a jumper in the first half of the Oles' 78-77 defeat to UST on Wednesday. Neville became the 17th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points in the loss.
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Nance jumper in final seconds lifts Tommies, spoils Neville's 1,000th point

Moriah Novacinski
January 18, 2012

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - John Nance hit an 18-foot jumper with 2.9 seconds left to give St. Thomas a 78-77 MIAC men's basketball victory over host St. Olaf on Wednesday night at Skoglund Center, offsetting the Oles' Stu Neville's 1,000th career point.

Neville had 15 points and first year Sterling Nielsen a team-best 19 points to pace the Oles (7-8, 6-4 MIAC). Nielsen's basket with 51 seconds left broke the game's 11th tie and gave St. Olaf a 77-76 lead.

St. Olaf led by as many as 12 in the first half, but the Tommies (11-4, 8-2 MIAC) closed the frame on a 16-6 run over the final 4:05.

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