Written by: Tyler Smith
(NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.) - The conference-leading Thomas More College Saints were on the road tonight (February 7, 2018) to take on President Athletic Conference (PAC) opponent Westminster College. Going into tonight's competition the Saints needed to take three out of their last four in order to have the chance to host the PAC Championships. The Saints started that final push tonight as they beat a competitive Westminster 76-60.
Looking to ride the wave off of the craziness that happened on the court last Saturday against Geneva College the Saints were able to go into a hostile arena and increase their current win streak to 11 games. With the win, the Saints are now 18-4 overall and 14-1 in the PAC. The Saints were able to put everything together tonight as they out-shot, out-rebounded, and had more assists than their opponent tonight. The Saints shot greater than 50% in all offensive aspects while dishing out 13 assists and bringing down 41 rebounds.
The Saints had nine players reach the scoring column tonight and were led by the three junior starters who all scored double digits. Tonight, junior guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./ George Rogers Clark) who is the three-time reigning PAC Player of the Week and was named to the d3hoops.com team of the week put up the team high 20 points while having four assists and five rebounds. With King putting up 20 points on the night, it makes him only eight points shy of his 1,000th collegiate career point. The other two junior guards Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky./Male) and Ryne Callahan (Morehead, Ky./Rowan County) both finished the game with 14 points.
Late in the second half, sophomore guard Max Knisley (Washington Courthouse, Oh/ Washington) entered the game to help seal the victory on the road. Knisley who is a positive influence in the locker room and strong ball handler on the court has got playing time in most of the Saints games this year. After the game, we talked with him and asked him what the win meant to the team with only three games left in the regular season. "It was a really good win for us because it completed the regular season sweep against a really good team," Knisley said. "We haven't been able to win up here since Simon Clifford, Austin Young, and Michael Griffin's freshman year. Even though this was a big win and helped us build up momentum to finish the season, the next game for us is the most important at this point in the season and we have to get focused on a very good Waynesburg team for this Saturday."
The Titans of Westminster College had 16 players get playing time tonight and were led by their two starters Cameron Kane-Johnson and Austin Armwood. Kane-Johnson finished with the game-high 25 points and went 5-for-11 from behind the three-point arc. Armwood also reached double digits as he put up 11 points and shoot 100% from the free throw line.
The Saints will be back inside the Connor Convocation Center this Saturday, February 10, 2018, as they take on PAC opponent Waynesburg University. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.