02/04/2014 – The men's basketball team continues to ascend in the WHAC standings as they now have won five of their last six games. The overtime victory over Indiana Tech improved the Saints record to 12-12 overall and to 9-7 in league play, while the Warriors dropped to 9-7 in the WHAC and to 14-10 on the season. The Saints now find themselves in a three-way tie for fifth place in the league standings with Indiana Tech and Lourdes.
The Saints, who fell to the Warriors by six earlier in the season, were looking to stay red hot in front of their home fans at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center. The first half drew ten lead changes and three ties. Neither team could muster an advantage of more than five points. Austin Semple's twelve first half points led the Saints to a 29-28 lead at the break.
The Warriors seized control of the game over the first six minutes of the second half. A 17-4 ambush gave the Warriors a 45-33 lead with less than 14 minutes to play. The Saints, who appeared to be on ropes, rallied and chipped away at the lead until an Anthony Williams three point make with :31 to play tied the score at 64. The game remained knotted over the halves final moments to force an extra five minutes of action.
The Saints showed no signs of fatigue after the furious comeback and outscored the Warriors 13-8 during the overtime period. Key three point makes by Williams and Zac VanBeek spurred the Saints to the come from behind victory.
Austin Semple led five Saints in double figures with 19 points and eight points. Kolin Kazen chipped in 11 points and nine boards, while Williams (12), VanBeek (10) and Brett Pfahler (11) also recorded double digit scoring nights.
The Saints will now host #6 Cornerstone (21-3, 15-1 WHAC) on Wednesday night at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center.