Late rally keeps St. Thomas win streak intact

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Sophomore guard Ryan Lindberg scored eight of his game-high 17 points during a late 26-5 Tommie run to lead No. 5-ranked St. Thomas to Monday night's 74-66 road victory at Gustavus.

St. Thomas (20-1 overall, 16-0 MIAC) rallied in the final 9:00 after falling behind 57-45. Coach John Tauer's team ran its season win streak to 20 and kept its three-game lead atop the conference standings with four games to play.

Riley Sharbono had 11 points and six rebounds for the Gusties (10-12, 7-10).

The Purple's 20-game win streak is second-best in NCAA men's basketball, one behind 21-0 Northwest Missouri State.

After losing 10 road games last season in a 14-12 finish, St. Thomas has won its last eight road games this season. The Toms have recorded four second-half comeback wins of nine or more points.

The Tommies had only eight turnovers and outscored Gustavus 33-6 from 3-point range. They knocked down 17-of-22 at the foul line, including 7-of-8 in the last minute.

The Purple received 51 points from four guards, all sophomore and freshmen -- Lindberg finished with 17; fellow soph Burt Hedstrom scored 11; freshman Riley Miller scored the go-ahead trey and closed with 13 points; and freshman Anders Nelson had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

The Toms -- who have already secured a first-round bye and top-two seed for the six-team MIAC playoffs -- play again Wednesday night at St. Olaf.