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Falcons knock off defending national champs

Ollie White celebrates with his teammates after contributing ten points in the Falcons' 79-64 win over defending national champs St. Thomas Tuesday night at Karges Center.

For the second consecutive season, the UW-River Falls men's basketball team has defeated the defending NCAA Division III champions at Karges Center.

Shane Manor led four Falcons in double figures as 21st-ranked UWRF defeated No. 8 St. Thomas, 79-64, in their home opener Tuesday night.

The Falcons led 36-32 at halftime before St. Thomas scored the first basket of the second half to pull to within two. That's as close as the Tommies would get as UWRF went on a 13-5 run to open up a double-digit lead, 49-39, on a Chris Palmer layup with 15:49 remaining.

UWRF took its biggest lead of the game, 78-59, on a pair of Ollie White free throws with just over three minutes left to play.

Wade Guerin contributed 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the win while Palmer added 11 points and White finished with 10.

The Falcons improved to 3-1 on the season while handing St. Thomas its first loss and snapping the Tommies 14-game winning streak. Last year the Falcons defeated top-ranked UW-Stevens Point to end the Pointers 15-game winning streak.

See the Nov. 30 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more on the game.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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