Just 2:09 into the first quarter, Bishop Timon/St. Jude was already up 9-0 on visiting St. Mary's. As the teams walked to their benches because the Lancers needed a timeout, the Timon student section chanted "start the busses". If the driver was listening, the Lancers sure had a warm place to celebrate all the way back to Lancaster.
The Lancers dropped ten 3-pointers on Timon and shot 65% in the second half, as the second ranked small school topped WNY's fourth ranked large school, 73-71. Devin Redden scored 21 points, including the last four for the Lancers, and grabbed nine rebounds in the win. St. Mary's got 14 points from Erik Simmons, Nicc Johnson came off the bench to score 11, and Nate Meyers added 10.
For St. Mary's, it's a big league win on the road, over a highly touted large school. It also marks the Lancers second win of the season against a ranked large school (the first was a 15-point win over Hutch-Tech).
In games against Canisius and St. Joe's earlier this season, St. Mary's dug itself a double-digit third quarter deficit, before putting together a late rally to pull within three and six points respectively. However, last night with the game tied at the half, the Lancers took control of third quarter. With 5:58 remaining in the third, a 3-pointer by Ryan Winnicki put St. Mary's in front and they would never trail again in the game. The Lancers went up by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter.
For the Tigers, it's a tough loss on the heels of a brutal upcoming schedule. Timon still has two games apiece against Canisius and St. Joe's. Timon was 0-5 against those two last season and hasn't earned a victory over a ranked large school in WNY since the 2009-2010 season. They also have nonleaguers coming up against Section V powers Aquinas and Bishop Kearney.
Kyle Kobis led the Tigers with a game-high 25 points, Jordan Williams scored 20 points, and DeMilo Gibbs added 19 points.