USF Men's Basketball Falls to No. 2 Cardinal Stritch at CCAC Semifinals

Saints finish the season 21-12.

MILWAUKEE -- Derek Semenas scored a game-high 22 points as No. 2-ranked Cardinal Stritch University defeated the University of St. Francis men's basketball team 81-46 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals Friday evening. | Box Score

Cardinal Stritch (29-3) outshot the Saints 57% to 27% in the first half en route to building a 38-19 lead at the intermission. Semenas scored 18 of his 22 points in the game's first 20 minutes.

USF (21-12) took an early 5-4 lead before the Wolves went on a 13-2 run to go up 17-7 with 8:34 left in the half. The Saints trimmed the gap to 20-15 at the 5:49 mark, but the Wolves outscored USF 18-4 the rest of the period.

Cardinal Stritch increased its lead to 51-28 six minutes into the second stanza and maintained at least a 20-point edge the rest of the night.

The Cardinals outshot USF 54% to 30% for the game and held a 46-28 advantage on the boards. Tony Smit and Mike Simpson joined Semenas in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Darren Moore pulled down 12 rebounds.

Freshman Edvinas Presniakovas (Plainfield, Ill./ Plainfield South) paced the Saints with 13 points. connected on three of five attempts from three-point distance. Sophomore Chris Miller (Rockford, Ill./ Boylan Catholic) added 10 points and three assists.

USF finished the year with at least 20 victories for the second time in three campaigns under Head Coach John Baines.

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