11/03/2012 – The men's basketball team was defeated by St. Francis 58-56 in their home opener at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center. The victory improved the Cougars mark to 2-0 on the season, while the Saints are still searching for their first win (0-2).
The Cougars jumped out to an early ten point advantage (17-7) nine minutes into the contest. The lead was quickly erased as the Saints went on a 14-3 run of their own. The rally was capped off by a Brett Pfahler bucket to put Aquinas up 21-20. St. Francis took the punch and return one as they closed half number one scoring 10 of the last 12 points to hold a 32-25 advantage.
The lead for St. Francis yo-yo'd between two and seven for much of the beginning stages of the second half. The Cougars pushed the lead to nine (48-39) at the 8:43 mark which drew a timeout from Coach Hammer. The Saints regrouped and quickly scored the games next nine points to even the score at 48 with a little over six minutes to play. The game of runs continued as St. Francis countered with a 10-1 ambush to lengthen the lead to nine (58-49) with 1:44 to play in regulation. The Cougars would be shutout the rest of the way and the Saints received big shots from Austin Semple and Zac VanBeek to bring the Saints within two in the games waning moments. A Cougar turnover gave the Saints life and a shot for the win or overtime, but a well set up play just missed and the Saints fell by the two point margin.
The Saints were led by Brett Pfahler who scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. Kenny Gordon also reached double figures as he scored 13. Scott Kohne did most of the damage for St. Francis as he led the Cougars with 23 points.
Aquinas will return to action at home on Monday when the Saints tangle with Great Lakes Christian College (0-1) at 7:30 p.m.