Written by: Tyler Smith
(WASHINGTON, Pa.) - The Saints of Thomas More College traveled to Washington, Pennsylvania today (January 13) to take on President Athletic Conference (PAC) opponent Washington and Jefferson College. The Saints came out victorious over the Presidents with an 86-62 victory moving the Saints to 11-4 overall and 7-1 in the PAC. Not only did the win improve the Saints record it also helped them keep control of the number one spot in the regular season PAC standing.
Player of the game, senior center Simon Clifford (Louisville, KY/ DuPont Manual), led the offensive charge tonight as he finished with the game high 19 points. Along with Clifford, senior Michael Griffin (Crestwood, KY/ South Oldham) finished the game with 13 points while junior guards Damion King (Winchester, KY/ George Rogers Clark) finished with 12 points and Brandon Horne (Louisville, KY/ Male) finished with 10 points while going 5-5 from the field. First–year forward Garren Bertsch (Alexandria, KY/ Campbell County) brought a spark off the bench for all 40 minutes and finished the game with nine points.
Talking with Head Coach Drew Cooper after the game, we asked him about the game against tough opponent Washington and Jefferson.
"W&J is a scary basketball team. They are 'right there' as it relates to getting a whole bunch of wins in our conference," Coach Cooper said. "They took Bethany to overtime on Wednesday at Bethany, which is something we weren't even close to doing. All conference wins are good ones, especially on the road."
Brain Lindquist who finished the game with the team high 10 points led the Presidents. Along with Lindquist Jonathan Devito and Nicholas Campalong both finished the game with eight points.
The Saints will be back on the hardwood January 17 as they return home to the Connor Convocation Center to take on a very good PAC opponent, St. Vincent College. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM. This game will be the first time the two teams will compete against each other since the PAC Championship last season.