(BEAVER FALLS, Pa.) - Junior small forward Phil Feinberg (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) recorded his first career double-double to lead the Thomas More College men's basketball team to a, 75-63, win over Geneva College tonight (Wednesday, November, 30, 2011) in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) opener for both teams at Metheny Fieldhouse in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
With the win, the Saints improve to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the PAC and with the loss, the Golden Tornadoes fall to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in the PAC.
Geneva jumped out to a 5-3 lead with 18:54 to play in the first half when Dave Phillips made a jumper. Thomas More answered with a 12-2 run capped by a three-pointer by junior point guard Ryan Hamm (Maysville, Ky./Mason County) to give the Saints a 15-7 lead at the 14:20 mark of the opening half. The Golden Tornadoes came right back with a 13-4 run to retake the lead at 20-19 when Phillips made a jumper with 10:23 to play in the half. The Saints responded with a 21-6 lead to take their biggest lead of the half at 40-23 with 1:35 to play in the half when sophomore point guard D'Carlo Hayes (Louisville, Ky./Male) made two free-throws. Geneva closed out the half on a 4-0 run to cut the lead to 40-30 at halftime when Pat Johnson made a lay-up with 38-seconds to play in the first half.
Geneva opened the second half on a 10-4 run to cut the lead to 44-40 with 17:40 to play in the game when Brady Beech made a lay-up. Thomas More answered with a 28-12 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 72-52 with 3:40 to play in the game when Feinberg made a jumper. Geneva closed out the game on an 11-3 run, but it wasn't enough as Thomas More won the game 75-63.
Feinberg completed his double-double with a team-high 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds and also led the team in steals with three. Joining Feinberg in double-figure scoring was sophomore point guard Spencer Berlekamp (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings) with 13, Hamm with a career-high 12 points and Hayes with 12 points. Berlekamp led the team in assists with three.
Thomas More returns to action on Saturday (December 3) when it hosts Grove City College at 3 p.m. in a PAC game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.