Written by: Tyler Smith
(GREENVILLE, Pa.) - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC)-leading Thomas More College Saints traveled to Greenville, Pa. today (January 24, 2018) to take on PAC opponent Thiel College Tomcats. The Saints will leave Greenville with a hard-fought 75-61 victory over a tough Tomcats squad. With the win, the Saints increase their current win streak to seven games and improve their record to 14-4 overall and 10-1 in the PAC.
Early in the first half, the Saints knew they had a challenge ahead of them as they found themselves down by eight points with a little under thirteen minutes to go in the half. Throughout the first half, the Saints slowly clawed their way back and took a one-point lead to head into the locker room at the half. Coming out to start the second half, the Saints started to pull away more and more. Led by the upperclassmen on the floor, the Saints were able to walk off the court with a 14-point victory.
The Saints were led by reigning PAC Player of the Week, junior guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky/ George Rogers Clark), who finished with the game-high 23 points and shot better than 50% from the field and from behind the three-point arc. Rounding up key scorers for the Saints tonight are junior guard Ryne Callahan (Morehead, Ky/ Rowan County) who finished the game with 14 points and senior forward Austin Young (Campbellsburg, Ky/ Henry County) who finished the game with 13 points. Supplying a big spark off the bench tonight was junior guard Ralph Stone (Shelbyville, Ky/ Martha Layne Collins) who finished the game with eight points but led the game with 12 rebounds and 5 assists.
Talking with Player of the Game, King, we asked him how this team was able to pull away in the second half against a tough team. "In the second half we stayed together and we had guys step up to make plays. That's what it's going to take for us to get wins, especially on the road," King said.
The Tomcats of Thiel College had six players reach the scoring column tonight and three of those six players had double digits. Tyreik Burton led the charge as he finished the game with the team high 16 points and also had six rebounds and four assists. Along with Burton, Avril Campbell finished the game with 14 points and eight rebounds and Mert Ozkaynak finished the game with 11 points and six rebounds.
The Saints will be back on the hardwood this Saturday (January 27, 2018) as they travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. to take on a tough squad in the Chatham University Cougars. Tip-off will be at 3 p.m.