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Saints Execute Down the Stretch

01/23/2013 – The men's basketball team played flawless over the games final six plus minutes to give them a 74-66 win over Concordia. The victory improved the Saints record to 8-6 in the WHAC and to 10-12 overall, while the Cardinals dropped to 10-11 on the season and to 9-6 in league play. The Saints swept the season series from Concordia and now find themselves locked in a tie for sixth place with Cornerstone in the league standings.

In their previous meeting it was a Zach Eddy buzzer beater that proved to be the difference maker. Tonight it was more of a collaborative effort by the Saints spearheaded by one Austin Semple. Semple's fine play down the stretch coupled with Aquinas' ball control and efficiency in the games waning moments proved too much for their guests from Ann Arbor to overcome.

Trailing 57-49 with 6:24 to play in the contest the Saints found the game hanging in the balance. The combination of Semple and Eddy quickly breathed new life into the Sturrus Center as the duo led the Saints on a 9-0 explosion over a three minute span. The surge propelled Aquinas to a one point lead (58-57) with just over three minutes to play. The Saints continued to keep the momentum on their side and forced the Cardinals into "foul mode". Despite nine ties and twelve lead changes it was the Saints putting the finishing touches on a hard earned victory.

Austin Semple's 29 points and five rebounds paced the Saints, while Zach Eddy and Brett Pfahler added 15 and 13 respectively. A 25-9 run to close the contest proved to be the difference maker this time around as the Saints will now take their show on the road to Fort Wayne to battle Indiana Tech (16-6, 9-5 WHAC) on Saturday.

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