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Saints Fall in WHAC Quarterfinals

02/23/2012 – The men's basketball team concluded their season with 75-64 loss at Indiana Tech in the quarterfinals of the WHAC Tournament. The victory improved the Warriors record to 23-6 on the season, while the Saints season ends with a 15-16 mark.

The Saints, who defeated the Warriors three weeks ago, were looking for more of the same as they looked to prolong their season. Indiana Tech played host to the Saints in the first round of postseason play in Fort Wayne. Both teams needed a sustained tournament run to have a chance at making the trip to Branson. The first half brought spirited and competitive play from both squads. The Warriors built an eight point lead just to see the Saints trim it to two at the half (29-27). Brett Pfahler's strong first half (13 points) kept the Saints within striking distance entering the second half of play.

The see-saw affair continued with both teams fighting for their proverbial lives. The "mo" swung the Saints way midway through the second half. Aquinas built the lead to eight with just under twelve minutes to play in the game. But before you could blink the Warriors fought back to tie the game. The lead changed hands numerous times and the two teams notched their tenth tie of the game at the 6:35 mark (57-57). As the game hung in the balance, the Warriors overpowered the Saints down the stretch. A 20-7 run to close the contest enabled the Warriors to secure the victory and advance to a semifinal match up with Davenport.

Brett Pfahler and Joe Powers led the way for the Saints with 17 points a piece. Zach Eddy added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Jake Shockey concluded his career with 11 points and seven rebounds.

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