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WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Cody Odegaard and Alex Merg combined for 46 points as Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated St. Thomas (Minn.) 91-62 in a NCAA tournament second-round game on Saturday night.

St. Thomas jumped out front 7-0 with the help of five points from John Nance. Whitewater finally got on the board at 18:14 on a three from Alex Merg, which started a 10-0 run that put the Warhawks up 10-7. Quardell Young tipped in his own missed layup to give UW-W its first double-digit lead at 28-18.

A Young steal and coast-to-coast dunk gave Whitewater its largest lead of the half, 35-18. The teams went into halftime with Whitewater in front, 42-30.

Whitewater continued to have a hot hand. The Warhawks shot 59 percent from the floor in the first half and went 11-12 from the free-throw line. They also had a 17-8 rebound advantage. John Nance led both teams with 17 points, hitting all three of his shots beyond the arc and going 4-4.

Odegaard took control out of the gate in the second half, scoring nine of the first 11 points for UW-W, to give the Warhawks a 53-37 lead at 17:19. Eric Bryson's two free throws extended the lead to 55-37. Luke Knoble inched it to 19 with a free throw. 

Another three by Odegaard pushed the lead to 62-40, and Alex Edmunds bumped it up to 65-42.  At 10:16 Chris Davis connected on two free throws to give UW-W a 69-44 lead, and Odegaard's layup at 8:39 made it 73-46.  Odegaard hit another three, his fifth in the half, to give Whitewater a 30-point lead, 81-51.

Whitewater shot 61 percent from the field, also 61 percent (11-18) from three and 26-33 (79 percent) from the free-throw line. St. Thomas shot 44 percent from the floor, 47 percent on 3-pointers and 8-12 (67 percent) at the free-throw line. 

UW-W out-rebounded the Tommies 31-21. Odegaard led the way with 29 points, a career high, hitting on 9-11 shots and 7-8 from 3-point range. Merg didn't miss a shot, going 4-4 from the field, 1-1 behind the arc and 8-8 from the line for 17 points, also a career high. Nance ended up with 20 for UST.