Thomas More men, women win at Wilberforce; NKU men lose second straight game in Florida

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TMU wins twice at Wilberforce

Thomas More’s nationally ranked Saints won a double dip at Wilberforce Tuesday. The #1 NAIA women started things off with a 92-41 romp to improve to 6-0 on the season. The #2 NAIA men followed with a 74-58 Mid-South Conference win in the second game to improve to 6-0 overall with both teams now 3-0 in the MSC.

It didn’t take long for the Saints women to show what it means to be #1 as they opened with a 10-0 flying start that ended up as 24-2 at the end of the first quarter. And 49-15 at halftime.

Zoie Barth led TMU in scoring with 14 followed by Alex Smith’s fourth-straight double-digit game as she had 11 while Maggie Jones added 10. Freshman Jenna Lillard had a game-high 10 rebounds.

Up Next: TMU returns home Friday at 5 to face Southeastern University in the first game of the 21st Annual Julie Costello Memorial Classic at 5 p.m.

TMU men break away in 2nd half to win by 16

An early 10-0 first-half run got the Saints’ men an early lead but after Wilberforce tied it at 36, it took a second Saints 10-0 run for TMU to get control of the game, 61-46, with five minutes remaining.

The big difference here was Reid Jolly scoring 21 of his 28 points after intermission. It’s the 28th time in his career the junior from Campbell County High School has scored 20 or more points.

Noah Pack added 14 points while the 6-foot-9 Pack had a team-high five rebounds and a game-high five assists. Wyatt Vieth also had five rebounds for a TMU team that shot 55.1 percent from the field. It’s the fourth time TMU has shot 53.2 percent or better this season.

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Up Next: The TMU men return home in the MSC Dec. 1 against Tennessee Southern at 7:30 p.m.

NKU loses 2nd straight at Gulf Coast Showcase

Life hasn’t been good to the Norse after last week’s historic win over Cincinnati. Tuesday afternoon, they lost their second straight game in Ft. Myers, Fla., dropping a 60-56 decision to Texas-Arlington to fall to 2-3 on the season.

Leading 56-55 with 1:05 left after leading 47-41 just minutes earlier, NKU gave up the last five points in the game to UTA and turned what might have been a win into a second straight loss.

And that was despite a terrific NKU-best game from point guard Xavier Rhodes who fired in 18 points with seven assists. Right there with him at 18 points was junior Marques Warrick, who led the Norse in scoring for the fourth straight game.

Sam Vinson scored eight points with six rebounds while Chris Brandon grabbed nine rebounds. But in a game with 13 lead changes, NKU was outscored 19-9 down the stretch. And in that final 1:05, NKU committed two turnovers and had a shot blocked.

The loss puts NKU into an 11 a.m. consolation game against Toledo in the Hertz Arena. FoxSports 1360 will carry the radio broadcast with streaming nationwide on FloHoops.

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