Tommies top D-II Winona State in tune-up

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Tommy Hannon played 19 minutes in his first action since missing most of the 2011-12 season with an injury.
St. Thomas athletics file photo by Mike Ekern

Senior guard Will DeBerg scored a game-high 24 points and the St. Thomas men's basketball team sank 15 three-pointers and also converted 28 of 32 at the foul line in recording a 93-83 exhibition defeat of Division II Winona State on Thursday night in Winona.

DeBerg sank five 3-pointers while Noah Kaiser and Marcus Alipate each made four. The Toms sank 15-of-28 from behind the arc while the Warriors made only 5-of-22. UST's 11 first-half treys let it build a 47-31 halftime lead.

If it weren't an exhibition game, where statistics are unofficial, the Tommies would have matched a 20-year-old school record for most made 3-pointers in one game.

Erik Tengwall added 17 points, while Kaiser and Alipate scored 16 each. Tommy Hannon added seven rebounds and John Nance had five assists and four steals.

St. Thomas, ranked No. 11 in the preseason Top 25, lost last season's exhibition game 84-52 at Winona State on Nov. 2, 2011. UST went on to post a 22-7 record and share the MIAC title, while Winona went on to post a 25-5 record. The Warriors return four starters from that team and were picked to win the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The Tommies are scheduled to open their season in two weeks with Nov. 15 and 17 games in Washington State against Whitman and Whitworth.