Saints Take Down Rochester in First Round of WHAC Tournament

Saints Take Down Rochester in First Round of WHAC Tournament

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The Siena Heights men's basketball defeated Rochester in the opening round of the WHAC tournament by a score of 75-70


Final Score: Rochester 70, Siena Heights 75

Location: Adrian, Michigan (SHU Fieldhouse)

Records: Rochester (16-15, 9-11 WHAC), Siena Heights (17-12, 12-8)


The Saints and the Warriors squared off for the opening round of WHAC conference tournament. Rochester jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game. Saints would cut the deficit with to five with just under 14 minutes to play in the first half. A and one by DJ Lundy cut the lead to two (16-14) in the opening 20 minutes.

With the score 23-20 the Warriors completed a 5-0 run to take a 28-20 lead with just over seven in a half minutes. Rochester would push the lead to nine points with four and half remaining. The score sat at 39-32 with both teams going into the locker room.

After back-to-back layups by the Warriors to start the second half, the Saints would go on a 12-0 run sparked by a jumper by DeMarco Dickerson to give a 44-43 lead with 15:42 remaining in regulation. The Saints would push the lead to seven (54-47) with a jumper by Kevin Smith II with 9:41 left on the clock. 11-0 run by Rochester would give the Warriors a 64-50 lead with 5:18 left to play. Smith hit a three-point jumper that would spark a 5-0 run to cut the Saints deficit to just one point (60-59) with 4:07 left on the clock.

Another 5-0 run by the Saints would regain the lead 64-62 with just over two minutes left to play. Rochester layup would tie things up at 64 all, before a Saints 7-0 to put the score at 71-64 with 45 seconds left.

Three-point shot by the Warriors would cut the lead to four points but the Saints would hold on for the five point victory.


DeMarco Dickerson had 19 points to lead the Saints and have four rebounds

• Keith Jordan Jr. scored 15 points and 12 rebounds


• Khalil Gracey had 17 points for the Warriors

• Armand Cartwright put up 15 points and four rebounds

Up Next

The Saints will travel to Cornerstone on Saturday Feb. 23rd for the WHAC second round of the WHAC conference tournament