ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Basketball is a game of runs and Aquinas had the final one to top McQuaid 59-47 as the Lil’ Irish swept the season series.
Aquinas led 30-23 at the half, but the Knights came out hot off the gate with a 7-2 run that made it a 32-30 game.
Midway through the third, a Keith Warren bucket from the top of the key tied it up at 34 all. But Aquinas would answer with an 8-0 run of their own and ended up taking a 42-36 lead into the fourth quarter.
With 4:00 to play in the fourth, McQuaid was able to cut the deficit to just two points as a Joe Cairns jumper put the score at 44-42.
But Aquinas had the last laugh in the rivalry matchup. Wesley Henderson connected with Damarius Owens on an alley-oop and Jack Bleier hit a pair of jumpers to push Aquinas in front for good.
Owens and Bleier each led Aquinas with 13 points while Joe Cairns had a game-high 16 for McQuaid in a losing effort.