02/12/2012 – The men's basketball team continued to make a late season surge as the Saints defeated Concordia 54-51. The victory improved Aquinas' record to 15-13 on the season and to 11-5 in the WHAC, while Concordia fell to 14-14 overall and to 9-7 in league play. The Saints are situated in a two way tie for second as the WHAC enters its final week of regular season play.
The Saints, who have now rattled off four consecutive victories, continue to play for home court advantage in the early rounds of the WHAC postseason tournament. The Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center was the backdrop for a twelve round heavyweight match-up between two of the WHAC's finest. Concordia and Aquinas treated the Sturrus faithful to a very competitive basketball game that saw five ties and eight lead changes. The biggest advantage throughout the contest was a six point Aquinas lead early in the second half.
The Saints who lead 24-22 at the half were led by a trio of double digit scorers. Zach Eddy paced the Saints with 14 points, while Brett Pfahler and Joe Powers each chipped in with eleven points. Offensive execution and solid defense propelled the Saints down the stretch. The Saints closed the game on a 15-7 run to edge the Cardinals 54-51. Jake Shockey keyed the victory as the senior tallied 20 rebounds, scored eight points, and dished out four assists.
The Saints will travel to Davenport (25-3, 15-1 WHAC) on Wednesday to battle the Panthers at 7:30 p.m.