Written by: Tyler Smith
(BEAVER FALLS, Pa.) - After clinching the first spot in the President Athletic Conference (PAC) on Wednesday night, Thomas More went on the road to take on a very tough squad at Geneva College and the outcome of the game proved it. The Saints of Thomas More won in a 72-71 fight to the finish match-up over the Golden Tornadoes of Geneva and improved their record to 9-4 overall and 5-1 in the PAC.
Going into halftime the Saints led the Golden Tornadoes 41-39 and, if the second half was anything like the first half, the 178 fans in attendance were in for a treat. With four lead changes and two ties in the second half, Head Coach Drew Cooper called a 30 second timeout with twelve seconds to go in the half and drew up what ended up being the game winning basket. When play resumed junior forward Ralph Stone (Shelbyville, Ky. Martha Layne Collins) ended up with the ball in his hands and made a layup to put the Saints in the lead, ending the game in a 72-71 victory for the Saints.
The Saints had nine players reach the scoring column and were led Player of the Game, junior guard Ryne Callahan (Morehead, Ky./Rowan County), who finished with 15 points and made four three-point field goals which allowed Callahan to set the new TMC career three-point field goals made record today as he now has 155. The previous mark was 152, which was held by Dustin Mulberry (1999-03). The Saints had four other players reach double figures including junior guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./George Rodger Clark) who finished with twelve points and five rebounds, junior forward Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky./Male) who finished with ten points and eight rebounds, senior center Simon Clifford (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) who finished with ten points, and first-year forward Garren Bertsch (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) who finished with eleven points.
The Golden Tornadoes had three players reach double-digits tonight and were led by Danny Torok who finished with the game high 20 points. Along with Torok, Ethan Mosse finished with 17 points and Jimmy Leichliter finished with eleven points.
The Saints will hit the hardwood again this Wednesday (January 10, 2018) as they take on PAC opponent Waynesburg University at Waynesburg, tip-off will be at 7:30 p.m.