(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More College went two-for-two in this weekend's Coach Jim Connor Classic sponsored by Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport, defeating Kent St. Tuscarawas today, Saturday November 18, 96-44.
With the win, the Saints improve to 2-1 overall, while the Golden Eagles drop to 2-5 overall.
Thomas More got the early lead, 5-0, within the first two minutes of the game. The Saints then went on a 5-0 run led by a three-pointer from Ryne Callahan. Brandon Horne hit a few jumpers to extend the lead to 16. Another 6-0 run was led by another three-pointer from Callahan and Michael Griffin, as well as steals from Garren Bertsch. The Saints led by as much as 35 in the first-half, heading into half-time with the lead, 54-19.
JC Kinnaird and Kedan Davis started the second-half off with jumpers to extend the lead to 61-25. With 11 minutes to go in the game, Ryan Baker completed a fast-break with a Braden Connor steal and assist. The Saints had a 7-0 run toward the end of the game with six minutes to go, led by an Antonio McKinney three-pointer. The Saints went on to win by 52 points, 96-44.
"It was great to see new comers and underclassman make an impact today, "Head coach Drew Cooper said about today's win. "Our passion for the game did not cave in for the full 40-minutes and that was our goal for the day."
Callahan had the team high with 17 points. He also recorded two rebounds, on assist, and went five-for-six form the three-point line. Davis went four-for-four from the field, also recording a team high seven rebounds, and nine points. McKinney went six-for-nine from the field, along with three rebounds, and 15 points. Kinnaird went two-for two from the three-point range, also went four-for-five from the field, along with 11 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Damion King put up nine points, three assists, and two rebounds. King also was a perfect four-for-four from the field and one-for one from the foul line.