11/17/2013 – The trio of Brett Pfahler, Austin Semple and Kolin Kazen ignited the Saints attack to notch a league win over Siena. The victory improved the Saints record to 2-1 on the season and to 1-0 in the WHAC, while Siena Heights fell to 2-5 overall and to 0-2 in league play.
Aquinas used the first four minutes of the contest to sprint out to the early 13-2 advantage. Siena Heights regrouped and was able to close the gap to 22-16 on a bucket by Eric Cogan at the 6:45 mark of the first half. The rally was short lived as Aquinas would close the half on 15-2 run to take a 17-point lead into the locker room. The Saints outshot their opposition from Adrian by the count of 47%-29% during the first half. Aquinas also forced eight Siena turnovers, while only committing three themselves during the first twenty minutes of play.
Aquinas maintained a double-digit lead and even extended the lead to as many as 21 as Bryan Mitzner converted a free throw at the 11:05 mark of the second half. Methodically, the Saints from Siena whittled the Aquinas led down to seven as they went on a ten minute run where they outscored the home team to the tune of 26-12. Siena would not get any closer as Anthony Williams converted 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to preserve the 71-63 league victory.
Austin Semple keyed the win as the senior tallied 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Brett Pfahler led the Saints offensively as he recorded 17 points, while Kolin Kazen was impressive in his Sturrus debut with 16 points and six rebounds. Overall the Saints converted 46% of their field goals and protected the basketball as they only turned the ball over six times.
The Saints will take their show on the road to Fort Wayne to battle the Warriors of Indiana Tech (3-4, 0-1 WHAC) on Wednesday.