by Connor Soudani
The 11th-ranked University of St. Thomas Tommies pulled out a win over 14th-ranked Whitworth University last Saturday to win 70-65 despite a late rally from Whitworth. The Pirates were down by as much as 14 at several points during the game, but battled back to cut the deficit to three twice during the final minute of play.
Senior Wade Gebbers led Whitworth with a game-high 23 points, and junior Dustin McConnell finished with 10. Free throws were a weak point for Whitworth down the stretch, shooting only 15-23 from the line (65%), while the Tommies finished 21-25 from the line (84%).
This is the first home game opener the Pirates have lost since 1978 when they fell to Gonzaga University. Whitworth will host Mary Hardin-Baylor at the Fieldhouse on November 23 at 3pm where the Pirates will look for their first win of the season.
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