By Zak Orlemann '16
(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More College men's basketball team battled Saint Vincent College in a close game Saturday, pulling out an impressive 90-80 win in a Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) game at Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.
With the win, the Saints improve to 13-11 overall, and 12-4 in the PAC, securing the number two position in the conference tournament. With the loss, the Bearcats fall to 19-6 overall, and 12-4 in the PAC.
The Saints battled the Bearcats back and forth in the first half entering the halftime locker room with a narrow lead of 37-34. Freshman guard/forward Nate McGovney (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) led the Saints in first half points with 10. Junior guard/forward Drew Mumford (Louisville, Ky./Christian Academy) followed close behind with eight points. The first half was full of action with nine lead changes. Thomas More closed out the first half shooting 50 percent from behind the three-point line, and 48 percent from the paint.
The Saints and Bearcats continued the back and forth action through the second half with ten lead changes. At the 3:20 mark, the Saints took the lead for the final time as they began to separate themselves from the trailing Bearcats. Senior guard Spencer Berlekamp (Cincinnati, Oh./Kings) led Thomas More with 20 points. The victory proved to be a team effort with four other Saints scoring double-digit points. Drew Mumford finished the game with 19 points, senior forward Brandon Housley (Covington, Ky./Holmes) had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds, McGovney finished with 14 points, and senior guard D'Carlo Hayes (Louisville, Ky./Male) had 13 points.
For the game, the Saints shot 53 percent from the paint (28-of-53), and 46 percent from behind the three-point arc (6-of-13). Spencer Berlekamp led the team in assists with five.
The Saints are set to return to action on Tuesday (February 25) at 7:30 p.m. in Crestview Hills, Kentucky in the PAC conference tournament. The Saints are the No. 2 seed and will be taking on the seventh-seeded Grove City.