12/07/2011 – The Saints and Golden Eagles renewed their yearly rivalry with Cornerstone sneaking out of the Sturrus with a three point victory. The win improved the Golden Eagles record to 5-6 on the season and to 2-1 in league play, while the Saints fell to 2-1 in the WHAC and 5-7 overall.
The fans at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center were treated to an early Christmas gift as the game between the Saints and Golden Eagles lived up to all the hype. An early season tussle between the cross town rivals showcased small college men's basketball at its very best. The two teams have a mutual respect for each other, but a win against the other is always that much sweeter. Unfortunately on this night it was the visitors taking home the victory.
The first half saw the Golden Eagles build a nine point lead at the 5:29 mark. The Saints quickly erased the deficit by scoring the games next nine points to tie the score at 30. The two teams traded hoops down the stretch and the Golden Eagles entered the half leading 37-35.
The game continued to be played close to the vest as the second half saw eight ties and six lead changes. The Saints built the lead to seven at the 6:35 mark on a three point make by Ken Gordon. The Golden Eagles worked their way back into the game as the Saints failed to connect on their opportunities from the charity stripe. Aquinas converted only one of eight free throws in the second half, while Cornerstone connected on ten of their 13 attempts. A good look by Joe Powers in the closing seconds would have forced overtime, but the attempt rimmed out to secure the victory for Cornerstone.
The Saints were led by Cole Moore's 23 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Jake Shockey added nine points and ten rebounds, while Brett Pfahler chipped in with 16 points. Wes Hudson led the attack for the Golden Eagles with 26 points.
Aquinas will now travel to Fort Wayne to battle Indiana Tech (9-2, 1-2 WHAC) on Saturday.