Tommies survive top five showdown

More news about: St. Thomas | UW-Stevens Point
St. Thomas struggled to put points on the board in the first half but did just enough to get past the Pointers.
Photo by Ryan Coleman, 
More photos from this game

Tommy Hannon had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Will DeBerg added 15 points as No. 4 St. Thomas defeated No. 5 UW-Stevens Point 68-63.

After Zach Riedeman sent the Tommies to the locker room with a 60-foot buzzer beater to end the first half, St. Thomas scored on 11 of its first 12 possessions in the second half to get out to a comfortable lead and the Pointers were able to tie the game in the second half but never got over the top.

Tyler Tillema, who had missed a game and a half with what was termed a high ankle sprain, came off the bench midway through the first half and sparked the Pointers (9-1) to a first-half lead after they had trailed by as many as nine. But Tillema was clearly hobbled and missed a wide-open jumper that could have cut the lead to one in the final minute. He finished with 14 points off the bench, while Clayton Heuer and Joe Ritchay led the way with 16 apiece.