12/16/2012 – The men's basketball team was defeated by the Racers of Northwestern Ohio by the count of 71-66 in a hard fought game in Lima, Ohio. The Racers improved to 6-4 on the season and to 4-3 in league play, while the Saints fell to 3-4 in the WHAC and to 5-10 overall. Currently the Saints are tied with Siena Heights for eighth in the WHAC standings.
The Saints, who shot 62% from the field in the first half, quickly blazed to a 29-18 advantage with just over five minutes to play in half number one. Austin Semple paced the early attack as he connected on five of six from the field and recorded eleven points. A late surge (15-6) by the home team closed the gap to two by the half with the Saints holding the 35-33 lead.
The veteran leadership of Zach Eddy and Brett Pfahler kept the Saints in a tight match-up with Northwestern Ohio. The pair combined for 18 second half points as the Saints continued to shoot the lights out. Aquinas closed the day by converting 57% of their field goals and 85% from the charity stripe.
The two WHAC foes found themselves tied at 60 with 4:10 to play. A pair of three point makes by the Racers gave them a six point cushion heading into the games final few minutes. The Saints used a Zach Eddy make and four clutch points by Connor McCane to close within two (68-66) with less than a minute to play. The final minute saw the Racers hold onto the victory as the Saints committed two turnovers and could only muster one shot attempt.
Johnny Elliott paced four Racers in double figures with 20 points, while Zach Eddy led the Saints cause with 18 points. Austin Semple and Brett Pfahler chipped in with 16 points a piece in defeat.
Aquinas will return to action on January 2nd with a home date versus Cornerstone (9-3, 5-2 WHAC) at 7:30 p.m at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center.