St. Thomas men wins on road, stays in MIAC lead

More news about: St. Thomas

Senior point guard Grant Shaeffer contributed 22 points and six assists and junior Ryan Boll added 10 points and 11 rebounds as visiting St. Thomas maintained its lead atop the conference standings with Wednesday night's 83-66 men's basketball win over Hamline in St. Paul.

Junior Michael Hannon sank four treys and scored 18 points in 21 minutes off the bench for UST (17-4 overall, 13-3 MIAC). Senior Jordan Burich scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half.

Coach John Tauer's team has won eight in a row and 13 of its last 14. The win let St. Thomas secure an MIAC playoff berth for the 13th consecutive season.

The Toms lead second-place Bethel by two games on the loss side with four contests left in the regular season.

St. Thomas led just 39-33 at halftime but used runs of 8-0 and 7-2 to help push the margin to 20 midway through the second half.

With UST's women's win at home on Wednesday, St. Thomas is a combined 29-1 in men's and women's hoops since Dec. 10.

Two teams with long win streaks meet on Saturday at UST as third-place Carleton (nine in a row) visits the Tommies (eight in a row).