(GROVE CITY, Pa.) – The Thomas More College men's basketball team opened its Presidents' Athletic Conference competition today traveling to Grove City to take on the Wolverines. The Saints defeated Grove City, 67-47, giving the Saints their first win in the PAC this season.
With the win, the Saints improve to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the PAC, while the Wolverines fall to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the PAC.
The Saints opened up the first half with back to back three-pointers from Ryne Callahan and Damion King. Thomas More then went on a 4-0 run, started by a tip-in from Simon Clifford, to give them the 21-11 lead. Michael Griffin hit a few jumpers and a three to put the Saints up by 14, which was the largest lead of the half. Ralph Stone ended the first half with a three, with eight seconds left, extending the lead 37-25.
In the second half, Austin Young hit a three-point shot in transition from a Stone rebound and assist by Griffin to put the Saints up 47-33. The Saints went on a 6-0 streak from six consecutive points by Brandon Horne. The Saints went up by 22 with two foul shots with 40-seconds left in the game, which was the largest lead of the game for Thomas More.
Young was the top Saint in points against the Wolverines, putting up 12 points, along with four rebounds. Young went four-for-six from the field and four-for-five from three-point range. Horne put up 10 points on the night, along with one steal, two assists, and seven rebounds. Horne went three-for-six from the field and four-for-five from the foul line. King was a perfect two-for-two from three-point range, putting up six points, five rebounds, six assists, and two steals. Stone was five-for-eight from the field, one-for-one from three-point range, five total rebounds, two assists, and 11 points. The team shot 64.7% from the three-point range, with four coming from Young, which was the game-high, two from King, Callahan, and Griffin, and one from Stone. King led the game with his two steals.
The Saints are back home, hosting Transylvania University on Nov. 25 at 7:00 PM. The game will be played after the women's first day of the Julie Costello Memorial Classic, which starts at 2:00 and 4:00 Nov. 25.