02/03/2013 – The men's basketball team was defeated by the Racers of Northwestern Ohio by the count of 67-64 in a hard fought game at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center. The Racers improved to 15-10 on the season and to 11-7 in league play, while the Saints fell to 9-9 in the WHAC and to 11-15 overall. Currently the Saints are in eighth place in the WHAC standings with two weeks to play. Despite the setback Aquinas remains in position to move up the ladder over the next four games.
The first half was comprised of five ties and seven lead changes with neither team experiencing an advantage bigger than four points. The two teams exited the court after twenty minutes of play with the score knotted up at 29 a piece. The evenly matched squads were shooting over 50% for the game and were almost identical in all major statistical categories.
The Saints pushed the lead to as many as seven on a pair of occasions in the second half, but never could put the Racers completely away. A 14-7 outburst by UNOH midway through the second half tied the games for the sixth time at 58-58. The games final five minutes saw the Racers forge ahead and then score five of the games final seven points to hold on for the slim three point victory.
Austin Semple led the Saints with 21 points, ten rebounds and three assists. Both Zach Eddy and Brett Pfahler chipped in with a dozen points each in the defeat.
The Saints will return to action on Wednesday as they travel across town to battle Cornerstone (16-10, 10-8 WHAC).