St. Thomas wins first Division III title

SALEM, Va. — John Nance scored 10 of his 16 points during a game-changing 34-5 burst early in the first half and St. Thomas beat Wooster 78-54 on Saturday to win its first Division III men’s basketball national championship.

Tommy Hannon also scored 16 points for the Tommies (30-3), whose big run gave them a 36-16 lead less than 15 minutes into the game. They never let the margin slip below 10 again en route to their 12th victory in a row.

Ian Franks scored 22 points to lead Wooster (31-3), but the Fighting Scots couldn’t muster another dramatic rally. They came back from a 17-point deficit with a 27-8 run over the final nine minutes in beating Middlebury on Friday night but couldn’t repeat the surge in the final.

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