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Oles can't get offense going, No. 11 UST holds on 55-51

Mike Ludwig
February 12, 2014

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - No. 11 St. Thomas held off St. Olaf 55-51 in a MIAC men's basketball game on Wednesday night at Skoglund Center.

St. Olaf (17-5, 14-3 MIAC), down 54-51, had a chance to tie inside the final five seconds but Connor Gunderson's three-point attempt rimmed out and the Tommies secured the rebound with 3.0 seconds remaining to secure the win.

Eric Tengwall had 16 points to lead the UST (19-3, 16-1 MIAC), which swept the season from St. Olaf with a 62-61 win on Jan. 8.

St. Olaf was led by 13 points from Justin Pahl and 10 from Sterling Nielsen. The Oles, who trailed by as many as 14 in the first half, were within two thrice inside the final 2:47.

St. Olaf guard Nathan Kuck had eight points, including a three-pointer to cut the Tommie advantage to 47-45. Kuck nailed another three with 4:01 left in the first half to stop an 8-0 St. Thomas run.

Neither team shot well. UST was 19-for-44 (43.2 percent) and St. Olaf 19-for-47 (40.4 percent) from the field. St. Thomas held a 37-22 advantage on the boards and made 14 free throws to the Oles seven (7-for-10).

The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for the Oles, who are still two and a half games ahead of third place Gustavus (12-6 MIAC) with three games left.

St. Olaf hosts Hamline University while St. Thomas plays at Concordia on Saturday.

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