The hot hand of junior guard Max Grace led Thomas University (12-7, 5-4) to an 88-68 route of Webber International University (7-13, 3-6) on Saturday evening at the TU Gymnasium. It wasa their fourth Sun Conference victory in a row.
Grace started the game 5-of-5 from behind the arc and in the first 10 minutes scored 17 of the Night Hawks' 24 points. Thomas outscored the Warriors 24-11 in the first 10 minutes. ]
Thomas had the ball coming out to start the second half and opened with an alley-oop pass from freshman guard Trey Gosier to the hig- flying hands of senior Justyn Watkins for a slam, bringing the home crowd to its feet with a wild ovation. WIU battled back to close within five points with 14:20 left, but TU kept making big defensive plays and went on an 11-0 run to go up by 22, 68-46. Thomas controlled the scoreboard the rest of the way to get one game above .500 in TSC play.
Grace led the way for the Night Hawks with 32 points, with a perfect 6-of-6 from behind the arc and 8-of-8 from the foul line. Watkins added 21 points with two alley-oop slams. Junior Rodney Sturkie ended the game with 14 points, going 6-of-8 from the field. The big man underneath, sophomore Andrea Robinson, came down with 10 boards
The Night Hawksl will be back in action Thursday when they travel to Miami Gardens, Fla., to face Florida Memorial.