Thanks to a strong second half vs. the nation’s No. 1 team, St. Thomas is moving on in the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament.
Ryan Lindberg scored 15 points, Connor Bair had 12 and the Tommies beat defending national champion Nebraska Wesleyan 70-58 in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday.
A day after scoring 24 points in the first round vs. Wisconsin-La Crosse, Lindberg, a sophomore from Wayzata High School, shot 4-for-8 from three-point range for the Tommies (24-4), who outscored the Prairie Wolves (27-2) 33-20 in the second half.
The Tommies are in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2016, when they won their second NCAA title.
Wisconsin-Oshkosh 108, Northwestern (Roseville) 86: WIAC Player of the Year Ben Boots had 25 points to lead five players in double-digit scoring as the Titans (25-3) ended the 16-game winning streak of the Eagles (22-7) in Collegeville, Minn.
Noah Alm scored 29 points on 11-for-14 shooting for the Eagles, who beat host St. John’s 93-78 Friday but couldn’t keep up with the Titans, who made 11 of 21 three-point attempts in the first half to take a 57-38 lead.
Division III women
St. Thomas 67, Wisconsin Lutheran 51: Hannah Spaulding had 21 points, 13 rebounds and six assists and the host and second-ranked Tommies (28-1) won their 18th game in a row, beating the Warriors (27-2) to make their fifth consecutive Sweet 16.
Minnesota State Moorhead and Sioux Falls play in one NSIC tournament semifinal Monday, and St. Cloud State will play Minnesota Duluth in the other after all four higher-seeded teams won Saturday in Sioux Falls.