March 7, 2009

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Junior guard Joe Scott scored 15 of his game-high 17 points in the first half and the No. 1-ranked Tommies (28-0) set a school record for points in a national tournament game with Friday night's 96-73 win over visiting Aurora (16-13) in an NCAA first-round men's basketball game at UST's Schoenecker Arena.

The Tommies, now 15-0 at home this season, shot 67% from the field and had a 38-16 rebounding advantage and a 42-12 edge in bench points.

UST advances to Saturday's 7 p.m. second-round game against No. 4-ranked UW-Stevens Point, a 61-53 winner over Cornell (Iowa). The Pointers (24-4) ended the game on an 8-0 run over the last 2:24 and poutscored the Rams 13-0 at the foul line.

Saturday's game is a sellout but the game will have live video and audio that can be accessed at

The Tommies set a school record for season wins at 28. The 96 points was the most in 33 all-time St. Thomas postseason games. It broke the record of 95 points scored 35 years ago against Grand Valley State in the NAIA nationals in Kansas City.

A sellout crowd of 1,700 watched the Tommies race to a 16-2 lead in the game's first four minutes and build a 52-27 halftime lead.

Tyler Nicolai had 14 points, Lonnie Robinson scored 11 points, Al McCoy had 10 points, seven assists and seven rebounds and Alex Healy scored 10 off the bench.

Aurora put all five starters in double figures led by Lance Robinson, Chad Trudo and Skyler Ormsbee each with 13 points. The Spartans shot 56% in the second half and 45% on thr game and knocked down 20-of-24 at the foul line.

UST built a 29-point lead before Aurora used a 15-3 run to pull within 15 points at 81-66 with 5:27 to go. But the Toms answered with an 11-3 run to pull away.