11/20/2012 – The men's basketball team was defeated in a tight contest by the Warriors of Indiana Tech, who are ranked 25th in the latest NAIA poll. The Warriors improved to 6-2 overall and to 1-1 in the WHAC, while the Saints dropped their fourth in a row and now find themselves sitting at 0-2 in the league and 1-6 on the season.
The game in a nutshell could be described as a tale of two halves. The first belonging to the Warriors with the Saints controlling most if not all of the second twenty minutes. Unfortunately, for the die-hard fans at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center, the Warriors first half advantage was too much to overcome.
The Warriors used six three pointers and capitalized on ten Aquinas turnovers to build the lead to 29-18 at the half. A 14-3 advantage in bench scoring also catapulted the Warriors to the eleven point halftime lead. Coach Hammer pulled the right strings and made the proper adjustments in the locker room and in no time the Saints found themselves right back in the game in the early stages of half number two.
The Saints would widdle the lead down to under a one possession contest on numerous occasions, but could never come all the way back. The Warriors held just enough fight to keep the Saints at bay until the final buzzer sounded. The Warriors were led by Antonio Cannon, who led all scorers with 18 points.
Aquinas was paced by Austin Semple who contributed 13 points and six rebounds. The Saints also received double-digit scoring efforts from Brett Pfahler and Zach Eddy, who recorded eleven and ten points respectively.
The Saints will now switch their attention to the annual Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic. This year the venue switches to Holland, Michigan and Hope College. The Saints will look to renew their rivalry with their MIAA foes as the kickoff the tournament on Friday with a 6 p.m. date with Calvin College (3-0).