02/20/2014 – March Madness struck a little early this year as the Saints stun #3 Cornerstone on their home court 75-70. The victory improved the Saints record to 15-14 on the season and to 12-9 in league play, while the Golden Eagles saw their 14-game winning streak snapped. The third-ranked team in the country now sports a record of 19-2 in the WHAC and to 25-4 overall. The Saints are all but locked in as the number five seed in the upcoming WHAC tournament and will travel to either Madonna or Northwestern Ohio for first round action.
The Saints, who fell victim to Cornerstone 14 days prior, did not back down as they entered the home arena of the Golden Eagles. Aquinas has now won six of the last eight contests and Coach Hammer seems to have the squad peaking right at tournament time.
The first eight minutes of the contest saw both squads gains leads and then lose their advantages. A Jake Bullock free throw make at the 11:40 mark brought the Saints to within one point at 18-17. The Golden Eagles proceeded to take control of the game over the next ten minutes. A 26-11 spurt gave Cornerstone a 44-28 cushion with less than two minutes to play in the half. The two cross-town rivals would hit the locker rooms with the Golden Eagles nursing a 44-33 lead.
Cornerstone would continue to hold serve and built the lead back to ten with less than 13 minutes to play in the game before the rally began. A quick 9-0 ambush spearheaded by a pair of baskets by Luke Sorenson brought the Saints within one at 58-57. The Saints would then go up 62-60 on a three point make by Anthony Williams. The Saints defense and timely makes kept the Golden Eagles on their heels the rest of the contest. Jake Bullock delivered the dagger on a three point attempt that found the bottom of the net with twelve ticks to play to put the game on ice (75-70).
Austin Semple paced the Saints attack as he scored 17 points, while Kolin Kazen and Anthony Willams both tallied 10 points in the victory.
Aquinas will close the regular season with a contest at Lourdes (15-14, 10-11 WHAC) on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be played at Owens Community College