02/13/2014 – The men's basketball team scored a special victory on "Senior Night" in front of the AQ faithful that filled the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center. The win improved the Saints record to 10-9 in the WHAC and to 13-14 on the season, while the Blue Devils of Lawrence Tech fell to 5-22 overall and to 3-16 in league play. Aquinas currently finds themselves tied with Indiana Tech for fifth place in the league standings.
The night started with the Aquinas community honoring six individuals for their time and commitment to the men's basketball program. Jason Gust, Jon Hornak, Kolin Kazen, Brett Pfahler, Pete Sabiti and Austin Semple all etched their names in basketball history as they took to the home court for one last time. The fans were treated to a moving moment when Jon Hornak made a surprise start. The senior from Muskegon suited up for one final time and kissed the center circle as the crowd smiled and cried all at the same moment.
Their also was a game that was played between the Saints and Lawrence Tech. The Blue Devils, who are coached by former Aquinas assistant coach Tom Kempf, came into the game looking to play spoiler amongst the festive atmosphere. The Saints were to have none of that as they scored 27 of the games first 34 points. Aquinas hit 60% of their first half field goals compared to 26% by the Blue Devils. The Saints carried a twenty point lead (38-18) into the halftime locker room.
The Saints would build the lead to as many as 29 during the second half on a few occasions before finishing off the Devils 78-49. The Saints hit 63% of their second half shots to finish at 32-52 (61.5%) on the night. Austin Semple's 18 point and six rebound night led the Saints attack, while Kolin Kazen chipped in with 14 points and six boards. Jake Bullock orchestrated the offense to the tune of ten points and three assists.
The Saints will hit the road for their final three regular season games. Aquinas will travel to Livonia on Saturday to hook up with the Crusaders of Madonna (18-9, 14-5 WHAC) in a pivotal WHAC showdown.