Thomas More Men and Women Fall at Cumberlands

The Thomas More men's and women's basketball teams, both ranked in the NAIA top 25 polls, suffered losses at the University of the Cumberlands on Tuesday.

The #23-ranked men's team fell 72-61 in the Mid-South Conference opener on the road in Williamsburg.

Cumberlands opened the game on a 12-0 run and it took nearly four minutes for the Saints to score their first points.

But back-to-back three-pointers by Keegan Saben and Reid Jolly put Thomas More back in the hunt at 14-10 with 14:39 to play in the first half.

But another 12-2 run by the Cumberlands pushed the Patriots to a 33-16 lead with under four minutes to play. The Patriots led at halftime, 39-20. Thomas More shot only 24 percent in the half.

In the second half, Thomas More tried to rally and a Jolly basket cut the lead to seven with 6:09 left to play. A pair of free throws from Ryan Batte once again brought the Saints within seven, 60-53, with 4:34 left to play.

But Thomas More would get no closer.

The Saints are now 8-1 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. Batte led the team with 23 points while Jolly scored 17.

Thomas More is back home in Crestview Hills on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tip-off against Ohio University-Lancaster in a non-conference game.

The #21-ranked Thomas More Saints lost on the road in Williamsburg, Ky. on Tuesday night, falling to University of the Cumberlands, 60-47.

The game marked the Mid-South Conference opener for Thomas More, which fell to 6-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play.

The first half was a battle as Cumberlands (9-1, 1-0) and Thomas More finished the first quarter tied at 15 apiece. The Saints led at halftime, 29-25.

But the second half opened with a flurry of baskets by Cumberlands, which outscored the Saints 20-2 to take a 45031 lead with 1:08 to play in the third quarter.

The Saints were able to cut the lead to eight in the fourth quarter, but the Patriots held on to post the 13-point win.

Senior forward Emily Schultz led the Saints with 14 points and six rebounds. Junior guard Courtney Hurst added 13 and senior guard Kaela Saner put in 12 points.

Thomas More looks to bounce back on the road Friday, with a trip to Chickasha, Oklahoma for a game against the University of Sciences and Arts of Oklahoma. The game tips off at 6 p.m. eastern time.

-Staff report