Written by: Tyler Smith
(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - After taking control of the first-place spot in the Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) on Wednesday (January 17), the Saints were back in action inside the Connor Convocation Center as they took on PAC opponent Grove City College. The Saints hosted the Wolverines as they kicked-off the second half of the PAC season, coming out victorious, as they won 82-61. With the win, the Saints move to 13-4 overall and 9-1 in the PAC.
Continuing what they have done all year the Saints pulled away from Grove City in the second half as they only had a five-point lead to start the half and ended it with a 21-point victory. On the court, the Saints shot 0.509% from the field, made 18-of-21 free-throws, had 32 team rebounds, and 14 team assist.
The Saints had nine players reach the scoring column tonight and out of those nine players, five finished with double digits. Leading the charge was junior guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky/ George Rogers Clark), who tied for the game high with 16 points and had 5 assists to go along with it. Along with King, junior guard Ryne Callahan (Morehead, Ky/ Rowan County) also tied for the game high as he finished with 16 points. Junior guard Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky/ Male) finished the game with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Senior forward Austin Young (Campbellsburg, Ky/ Henry County) finished the game with 12 points and went 4/8 from behind the three-point arch. Rounding up the five double digit scorers was junior guard Ralph Stone (Shelbyville, Ky/ Martha Layne Collins) who finished the game with 10 points and proved a huge spark off the bench the full 40 minutes.
Talking with Player of the Game Simon Clifford we asked him how the team was able to stay together and pull away in the second half and he said, "We knew if we could get some stops and get into a rhythm that could help. We also shared the ball and nobody tried to do it by themselves which helped as well."
Talking with Head Coach Drew Cooper after the game we asked him about his team's performance tonight
"Grove City is definitely going to beat some team above them in the league the second time through the league, they did it to us last year,".Coach Cooper said. "I'm glad that our guys respected the nature of conference play today."
The Wolverines of Grove City finished the game with nine players reaching the scoring column and three reached double digits. Leading the Wolverines was Andrew Beckman, who finished with the team high 16 points. Along with Beckman, Cory Huff finished with 10 points and Nate Peters finished with 10 points.
The Saints will be back on the hardwood Wednesday, January 24 as they travel to Thiel College to take on the Tomcats. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.