Caleb Lunning goes up for a contested layup in the second half of a 94-64 loss to No. 1 St. Thomas on Monday night at the Skoglund Center.
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Top-ranked St. Thomas men shoot past Oles

Michael Abdella
January 14, 2013

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - No. 1 St. Thomas shot 66.7 percent in the second half and 56.9 percent for the game as the Tommies defeated the St. Olaf men's basketball team 94-64 on Monday night at the Skoglund Center.

The Tommies (15-0, 10-0 MIAC) were led by Marcus Alipate's 18 points but three other St. Thomas players were in double figures and 13 scored in the game. Alipate went 6-9 from behind the arc. Will DeBerg, Tommy Hannon, and Conner Nord were the other three Tommies in double figures. As a team, St. Thomas was 15-30 on threes.

St. Olaf (5-9, 4-5 MIAC) was led by Justin Pahl's career-high 17 points. The first-year went 4-5 from the field, including 3-4 on threes, and went 6-8 from the free throw line. No other Ole managed to get into double figures. Josh Pratt had eight points and a game-high seven rebounds.

The Tommies took command from the opening whistle as they got off to leads of 9-0 and 17-4 in the early stages. DeBerg scored 11 of his 14 points in the first 4:17 of the contest.

St. Olaf got within five at 26-21 with 6:36 left in the first half but St. Thomas closed the half on a 12-4 run to take a 13-point lead into the break. John Nance hit a three just before the buzzer to extend the Tommie lead.

St. Olaf started the second half with buckets from Nathan Kuck and Connor Gunderson and two free throws from Sterling Nielsen to cut the deficit to eight but St. Thomas then went on a 19-5 run to put the game away. Apilate's three with 13:21 left capped the Tommie run and gave the visitors a 22-point lead. St. Thomas led by as many as 32 in the closing stages.

The Oles look to return to the win column on Wednesday night when they host Saint Mary's. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm at the Skoglund Center.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.