01/02/2013 – The men's basketball team opened the 2013 portion of their schedule by defeating #24 Cornerstone 81-69. The victory improved the Saints record to 6-10 overall and to 4-4 in league play, while the Golden Eagles fell to 5-3 in the WHAC and to 11-5 on the season. The Saints, who snapped a seven game losing streak to Cornerstone, currently find themselves in eighth place in the WHAC standings.
Coach Hammer's squad used the Christmas holiday to spread a little cheer and to prep for their cross town rivals. The preparation paid off as the Saints played inspired basketball and found themselves on the winning end of 81-69 verdict. The victory over the Golden Eagles was the first for the Saints since March 3rd of 2009. Seven consecutive setbacks were rectified tonight in front of the home crowd at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness.
The game started, as usual, with both teams trading early punches trying to figure out the others next move. The chess match continued throughout the first half as five ties and 15 lead changes led to a 39-37 advantage for the Saints at the half. Ken Gordon was perfect from the field in the first half as the senior scored 15 points off the Saints bench.
The game remained tight during the first ten minutes of half number two. The Golden Eagles held a slim 53-50 lead when the Saints used a 10-0 ambush to forge ahead. The decisive flurry was enough to propel the Saints to victory as Cornerstone was unable to recover. Aquinas' defense played spoiler and never allowed the Golden Eagles to come within five points and enabled the Saints to run away with the 81-69 victory. The Saints also shot 86% (27-30) from the free throw line to sustain the advantage while the Golden Eagles were in foul mode.
Ken Gordon scored a career high 28 points to pace the Saints. Gordon connected on 7-9 field goal attempts and 11-12 from the free throw line. Zach Eddy added 13 points and eight rebounds, while Brett Pfahler chipped in with a dozen points and eight rebounds.
The Saints will now travel across town on Saturday to battle Davenport (14-2, 7-1 WHAC) at 3 p.m. The Panthers are currently ranked #6 in the latest NAIA Coaches Poll.