(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Tonight (January 31, 2018) inside the Connor Convocation Center there was a battle between two of the top three seeds from President Athletic Conference (PAC). The top seed Thomas More College Saints stretched their win streak to nine games as they defeated the number three ranked Bethany College Bison 80-68. With the win Thomas More improves their record to 16-4 overall and 12-1 in the PAC.
Looking to revenge the only conference loss of the season for the Saints, Thomas More came into tonight trying to prove a point that they have earned the top seed up to this point in the season. The Saints went into the locker room with an eight-point lead after they controlled most of the first half. Coming out of the locker room the Saints were not satisfied as they continued to put on the pressure. The Saints played well on both sides of the ball as they outshot, out rebounded, and out assisted the Bison.
The Saints had eight players reach the scoring column tonight and four of them scored double digits. The Saints were led by two-time reigning PAC player of the week junior guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./ George Rogers Clark) who finished with the game high 20 points, and also had six rebounds and five assists. Along with King, junior guard Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky./ Male) finished the game with 13 points, junior guard Ryne Callahan (Morehead, Ky./ Rowan County) finished with 11 points and nine assist, and junior guard Ralph Stone (Shelbyville, Ky./ Martha Layne Collins) finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
Talking with Player of the Game, junior guard Brandon Horne we asked him what the win meant to the team. "It was a good win and it puts us at the top of PAC. It also keeps our momentum going forward for the last three weeks of the regular season," Horne said.
Talking with Head Coach Drew Cooper we asked him about his team's performance. "We knew coming in if they beat us, we wouldn't get any tie breakers if it came to it. It was great to see our guys understand that and execute" Coach Cooper said.
The Bison of Bethany College had seven players reach the scoring column and were led by Calique Jones who finished with 19 points. Along with Jones, Chaice Truex finished with 16 points and Liam Davis finished with 10 points.
The Saints will be back inside the Connor Convocation Center Saturday February 3rd as they take on PAC opponent Geneva College. Tip-off will be at 3 p.m.