01/16/2013 – The men's basketball team dominated the last ten minutes of play to propel themselves to a 66-44 victory over Siena Heights. The win improved the Saints record to 9-11 overall and to 7-5 in the WHAC, while Siena fell to 4-9 in league play and to 5-15 on the season. Aquinas is now in a four-way tie for fifth place in the WHAC standings.
The Saints, who lead the nation in free throw shooting percentage, used some home cooking at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center to catapult themselves right back into the mix in the wild WHAC standings. Aquinas used a 21-6 run to close the contest to help avenge an early season loss to the Saints from Siena. A decisive rebound advantage (44-31) and 64% shooting in the second half enabled the Saints to pull away with the game on the line.
Austin Semple continued to play at a high level as the junior struck for 21 points on 8-9 from the field. Semple also contributed four rebounds and four assists. Brett Pfahler chipped in with 16 points, while Zac VanBeek added eleven for the surging Saints. Aquinas' defense limited Siena to 28% shooting and caused eleven turnovers.
The Saints will return to action with a road test at UM-Dearborn (5-15, 3-9 WHAC) on Saturday.