Written by: Tyler Smith
(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Tonight inside the Connor Convocation Center we had a battle for the first-place spot in the President Athletic Conference as the Saints of Thomas More College took on the Bearcats of St. Vincent College. The Saints successfully defended their home court and clinched sole possession of first place in the PAC as they won 75-57. With the win, the Saint move to 12-4 overall and 8-1 in the PAC.
With a back-and-forth game in the first half, the Saints trailed 40-32 going in to half-time. At the start of the second half, the Saints came out on a mission as it only took them six minutes to get the lead back. After getting the lead, the Saint went on a 13-4 run giving them the largest lead of the game as they led by 17 points. Once taking the lead, the Saints didn't look back as they finished the game shooting 42.9% from the field and made 22-for-27 free throws, outscoring the Bearcats 43-17 in the second half.
The Saints were led by junior guard Ryne Callahan (Morehead, Ky./ Rowan County) as he finished game with 16 points and went 4-for-5 from behind the three-point line, adding onto his already record 136 threes made. Along with Callahan, junior guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./ George Rogers Clark) finished the game with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Junior guard Ralph Stone (Shelbyville, Ky./ Martha Layne Collins) supplied a spark off the bench as he finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Talking with Player of the Game senior forward Austin Young (Campbellsburg, Ky./Henry County), finishing with 5 points, but his role as senior leader on the court helped lead the team to a victory. We asked him how big this win was for the team, "it was a big win for our team but we are only half way through the conference so we still have a long way to go," Young said.
Talking with Head Coach Drew Cooper after the big win, we talked to him about his team's performance. "We were two different teams tonight," Coach Cooper said. "The team in the first half was mediocre at best, but the team in the second half has a chance. It was good to see our guys confidence go up when we were down eight at half."
The Bearcats were led by Jason Capco as he finished with 14 points. Along with Capco, Shemar Bennett finished with 12 points and Mat D'Amico finished with 10 points.
Thomas More will be back in action Saturday, January 20th as they take on PAC opponent Grove City College. Tip off will be at 1 p.m. inside the Connor Convocation Center. The first 150 Saints fans will get a free tie dye shirt thanks for Republic Bank.