01/20/2013 – The men's basketball team endured an uncharacteristic defeat to the Wolves from U of M Dearborn. The Wolves improved to 6-15 on the season and to 4-9 in league play, while the Saints fell to 7-6 in the WHAC and to 9-12 overall. Aquinas is currently tied for seventh place with the Racers of Northwestern Ohio in the WHAC standings.
The Saints, who defeated the Wolves 65-51 earlier in the season at home, were looking to keep stride with the rest of the league as they jockey for tournament seeding. A victory over Dearborn would keep Aquinas right in the mix, while a loss would make the road a little rockier.
The game remained tight over the first twelve minutes of play. The score was tied at 25-25 when the Wolves made they move. A 23-11 surge over a seven minute span gave UM Dearborn some breathing room as the game neared halftime. The home team, who shot 62% for the half, entered the locker room with confidence and a 48-40 advantage.
The Saints made the proper adjustments at the half and quickly found themselves right back in the contest. Aquinas opened the half on a 18-11 run and widdled the lead to one with less than ten minutes to play. The comeback attempt would stop right there as the Saints could never get any closer. UM Dearborn maintained a small cushion, but would never relinquish the lead. The Wolves claimed the victory 77-72 leaving the Saints with an uphill battle with nine games to play.
Brett Pfahler paced three Saints in double figures with 17 points. Zach Eddy and Austin Semple added 16 and 13 respectively in the defeat. Khalil Beidoun led all scorers with 20 points for the Wolves.
The Saints will return to the friendly confines of the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center on Wednesday night versus Concordia (10-10, 9-5 WHAC).