02/01/2012 – The men's basketball team netted a huge victory in WHAC play as Aquinas outlasted Indiana Tech 64-61. The victory improved the Saints record to 12-13 overall and to 8-5 in league play, while the Warriors fell to 17-6 on the season and to 7-6 in the WHAC. Aquinas finds themselves tied for fourth in the league standings as they prepare for the stretch run.
The Aquinas faithful were treated to a Saints victory at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center tonight. Aquinas, who lost to the Warriors by six earlier in the season, returned the favor and notched the 64-61 win. A key victory for the Saints as both teams jockey for position in the upcoming post season tournament.
The highly competitive game saw ten ties and numerous lead changes (13 total). Indiana Tech claimed the biggest lead (9-3) of the game with 16:43 to play in the first half, but it was the Saints who owned the 29-27 halftime advantage. The two teams continued to trade blows throughout the second half with neither team grasping control of the contest. Aquinas executed down the stretch and converted key free throws to preserve the victory.
The Saints received big dividends from both Joe Powers and Ken Gordon who scored 20 and 17 respectively on the night, but it was Jake Shockey that willed the Saints to victory. Shockey scored 14 points and led Aquinas with seven rebounds and four assists. The senior's workman-like effort keeps the Saints alive in the race for home court in the WHAC tournament.
The Saints will continue their home stand on Saturday as they host UM Dearborn (2-23, 1-12 WHAC) at 3 p.m.