Sunday, January 29, 2017

Thomas More Knocks Off Chatham to Hold Onto Second Place in PAC

Thomas More 95
Chatham 69

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Thomas More College wins big over President Athletic Conference (PAC) opponent Chatham University 95-69. With the win Thomas More advances to 9-3 in the PAC and 13-6 overall.

The Saints shot over 50 percent from every area of the court today going 56.0 percent from the field, 55.6 percent from three-point land and 90.6 percent from the charity stripe. The Saints were led by senior guard and captain Sawyer Pauly (Crescent Springs, Ky./Covington Catholic), who finished the game with 15 points and six rebounds. Alongside Pauly, the Saints had 14 players reach the scoring column today, including four in double figures. Sophomore guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./George Rodgers Clark) finished with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. Sophomore guard Ryne Callahan (Morehead, Ky./Rowan County) finished with 14 points and sophomore guard Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky./Male) finished with 11 points. Coming up just short of the double figure group today was Michael Griffin (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham), who finished the game three-for-three from behind the three-point arc and had nine points.

Talking with player of the game, Sawyer Pauly, we asked him how big it was to get back on the winning track after last week, "We knew coming in we would be going against two athletic teams that don't give up, so we practice a little harder and threw some wrinkles into our offense and we were able to get a pair of wins this week." We also asked him how important it is for the upper classmen to see first-year players get a chance to play like today and he said, "It is very important, they work just as hard as we do all year and never complain. They push hard every day in practice, so it is nice to see them get time on the floor after all the hard work they put in."

Chatham had 12 players reach the scoring column tonight and were led by Alex Schoppen and Josh Randall with 12 points each and Isaiah Brown with 10 points.

Catching up with a pleased head Coach Drew Cooper after a good week of basketball, we asked him what he thought of his team's performance today and he seemed pleased saying, "The challenge with Chatham is to compete all 40 minutes because that is exactly what they do, and today I feel like we did exactly that."

The Saints will continue action on the hard wood February 1, 2017 as they take on Bethany College. Tip off will be at 8 p.m. in Bethany West Virginia.

Current PAC Standings:

Saint Vincent 11-1 15-4
Thomas More 9-3 13-6
Westminster 8-4 12-7
Bethany 7-5 12-7
Thiel 6-6 10-7
Geneva 6-6 9-10
Chatham 4-8 8-11
Grove City 4-8 8-11
Waynesburg 4-8 6-13
W&J 1-11 1-18

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