Written by: Tyler Smith
(WAYNESBURG, Pa.) - The Saints of Thomas More College traveled to Waynesburg, Pennsylvania tonight (January 10, 2018) to take on a tough President Athletic Conference (PAC) opponent Waynesburg University. With the 80-67 win, the Saints improve their record to 10-4 overall on the season and 6-1 in the conference and keep their spot on top of the conference going into the weekend.
After a very competitive first half the Saints and the Jackets went into half-time tied 33-33. In the first four minutes of the second half, the Saints went on an 8-3 run, and with 4:58 left in the game, the Saints got out to the biggest lead of the game, 17, when they went up 72-55.
The Saints were led by three junior guards that all reached the double-digit mark tonight. Player of the game, junior guard, Damion King (Winchester, KY/ George Rogers Clark) finished with the game high 23 points, six rebounds, and seven assists. Along with King, junior guard Brandon Horne (Louisville, KY/ Male) finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, and junior guard Ryne Callahan (Morehead, KY/ Rowan County) finished with 14 points.
We talked to senior guard Michael Griffin (Crestwood, KY/ South Oldham), a key asset to the team off the bench and asked him about how he was able to use his leadership inside the locker room and lead his team to a win.
"We had a rough start, but we were able to come together in the second half and get the job done," Griffin said. "We were able to make run in the second half because we were able to get stops on the defensive side of the ball."
Talking with Head Coach Drew Cooper after the game we asked him his thoughts on how his team played tonight. "Everyone performed tonight and that's what we needed," Coach Cooper stated. "Starters did their thing, then guys came in off the bench and showed how well they can play as players. It was great to see."
The Jackets had nine players reach the scoring column tonight and two of those nine scored double-digits. The first was guard Jon Knab, who finished with the team high 21 points while guard Frank Bozicevic had 11 points. With the lose the Jackets move to 7-7 on the season and 3-4 in the conference.
The Saints will be back on the hard wood Saturday, January 13, 2018 as they travel to Washington, Pennsylvania to take on PAC opponent Washington & Jefferson College as they look to increase their current win streak to four and capture another PAC win. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 PM.