11/28/2012 – Zach Eddy's jumper as time expired lifted the Saints to a 80-78 victory over Concordia. The victory improved the Saints record to 2-8 overall and to 1-2 in league play, while the Cardinals fell to 2-6 on the season and to 1-2 in the WHAC.
The Saints, who snapped a six game losing skid, overcame a first half that saw the Cardinals shoot 52% from the field and build the lead to as many as 16 points. Coach Hammer's squad remained poised and closed the half on a 14-6 run to slice the lead to eight (43-35) with twenty minutes to play in the contest.
Aquinas converted five consecutive field goals to start the second half and climbed all the way back to tie the game at 53 a piece with just over 14 minutes to play. The Saints were not finished as the torrid shooting continued for the remainder of the game. Aquinas finished the half connecting on 15 of 22 field goals (68%), with Zach Eddy leading the way with 17 points and six assists. The game also featured the breakout performance for true freshman Brandon Walker. Walker recorded a career high 17 points and delivered on three of his four attempts from behind the three point arc.
As the two teams continued to exchange blows in the second half it became apparent that the final verdict would not be resolved until the games waning moments. Neither team mounted any runs or distanced themselves from their opponent. The offensive execution down the stretch by both teams was flawless. The Saints and Cardinals continued to answer each with big shot after big shot. The biggest coming in the games final moments as senior Zach Eddy put the game on ice with a jumper that found the bottom of the net as time expired.
The Saints, who have been on the short end of some very close contests lately, finally broke through and notched a much needed and deserved victory. Aquinas will now host UM-Dearborn (2-7, 0-3 WHAC) at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center on Saturday at 3 p.m.