Cougars Come Up Short In Title Game

Cougars Come Up Short In Title Game

Pittsford, N.Y. – Saint John Fisher reserve Jordan Koch came off the bench to score 18 points in 25 minutes and the host Cardinals outscored Clark 41-27 in the second half to post a convincing 67-45 win over the Cougars in the championship game of the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa Invitational on Thursday afternoon.

Saint John Fisher, which has now won their own tournament for four straight seasons, extends its winning streak to four following their 1-5 start. Clark, meanwhile, slips to 5-7 overall in advance of NEWMAC play which begins on Wednesday.

Both teams opened the game struggling offensively, going a combined 2-for-22 over the first ten minutes. The Cardinals eventually built a small lead and then closed the half on a 9-2 run to take a 26-18 lead into halftime.

That edge grew to 14 with a little more than ten minutes in the game as Koch buried a triple to make the score 43-29.

The lead ballooned to as many as 27 at 62-35 following a game-sealing 10-0 run over a three minute span that was highlighted by seven points from Jordan Gettings (18 points, five rebounds).

Saint John Fisher held Clark to season-lows in field goals made (14), field goal percentage (.269), three-point percentage (.063) and assists (3).

The Cougars were paced by Brian Vayda (Sturbridge, Mass.) who totaled a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds. Mitch Renshaw (Rutland, Mass.) chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds.

Clark will open conference play on Wednesday when they visit Coast Guard beginning at 7:00 p.m.