Tommie men share conference title, 12th in row

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Sophomore Connor Bair scored a career-best 22 points, including four treys during a late 15-4 run, as visiting St. Thomas scored an 81-70 win at Concordia-Moorhead in Saturday's MIAC men's basketball contest.

Coach John Tauer's team secured a share of the MIAC title with Bethel and the top seed for next week's six-team conference playoffs.

St. Thomas has won or shared 12 consecutive MIAC championships, tied with Kansas for the longest current conference title streak in NCAA men's hoops. Kansas is on track to reach 13 in a row as the Big 12 race enters its final stretch.

Grant Shaeffer scored 23 points to lead the Tommies (19-6 overall, 15-5 MIAC).John Veil scored 15 and Jordan Burich had 12 rebounds.

UST broke to a 35-20 lead but Concordia ended the half on a 16-4 run to pull within 39-36. The Cobbers tied the game at 58-58 with 9:14 to go, but Ryan Boll converted a three-point play and Bair sank four treys to push the UST lead to 73-62.

Bair made 6-of-7 from 3-point range and UST sank 11 treys in the victory.

St. Thomas won eight of its last nine MIAC road games this season.

The Tosm are scheduled to play Thurday in the semifinal round of the MIAC playoffs against either No. 4 seed St. John's, No. 5 Hamline or No. 6 Augsburg.