10/30/2012 – The men's basketball team fell to the Maple Leafs of Goshen in the season opener for both squads. The home victory gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 record overall, while the Saints fell to 0-1 on the new season.
The squads exchanged early blows as each team was looking to find a rhythm on the court. The Saints held the lead at 16-15 at 11:39 mark of the first half, but it would be the last time the Saints were see an advantage. The Maple Leafs went on a 11-0 run over the next two minutes to stretch the lead to ten (26-16) and allow themselves some breathing room. The Saints whittled the lead to seven just to see it swell as high as 14 before the half. Even with Brandon Walker's nine first half points, the Saints trailed the Maple Leafs 49-37 at the intermission.
Goshen, who shot 63% during the first half, saw their lead shrink to one at the 14:26 mark of the second half. The Saints used a 13-2 ambush to get back into the contest. The Maple Leafs bent, but just would not break as the kept the Saints at arms length the rest of the way. In the end the Saints would succumb to the Maple Leafs 76-66.
The Saints outshot the Maple Leafs (54%-53%), but committed seven more turnovers (17-10) than their hosts from Indiana. Aquinas was paced by Zach Eddy who scored nine points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists. Kenny Gordon led the Saints in scoring with 16 points, while freshman Brandon Walker scored a dozen in his college debut. Tavo Parrall led four Maple Leafs in double figures with 16 points.
The Saints will return to action on Saturday as they host St. Francis (Ind.) at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center at 5 p.m.