11/05/2012 – The men's basketball team picked up their first win of the season and also broke a 55 year school record. The Saints defeated Great Lakes Christian by the score of 74-29. The 29 points allowed is the lowest total points ever scored against Aquinas College. The previous mark was established by the Saints during the 1957-58 season when they limited Cleary College to 31 points. The victory improved the Saints record to 1-2 on the season, while the Crusaders fell to 0-2 overall.
After falling behind 4-0, the Saints would go on a 29-2 run over the next sixteen minutes to put the game on ice early. Aquinas limited the Crusaders to 18% shooting from the field (4-22) and 15% from the free throw line (2-13) in the first half. Austin Semple struck for eight points during the first twenty minutes to elevate the Saints to a 35-11 lead at the intermission.
The route continued during the second half as the Saints lead swelled to as many as 48 during regulation. A balanced attack coupled with a stingy defense propelled the Saints to get the first win monkey off their back. The Saints were paced on offense by Semple and Joe Ferrici who scored ten points a piece. Ferrici added eight rebounds, while Semple filled the stat sheet with six rebounds and three assists. The game closed with the Saints etching their name in the history book and winning the game 74-29.
The Saints will return to action on Friday night as they play the #4 ranked Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan (3-0) at Cornerstone University at 6 p.m.