Thursday, November 29, 2012
The College of Mount St. Joseph led by a four-point margin at the half, and connected on six-of-eight free throws late in the game to post a 56-54 win at Bluffton University in the 2012-2013 HCAC opener for both teams. The Mount, 2-2 overall, will be back in action on Dec. 1 when they host HCAC-rival Earlham College.
The Lions bolted out to a 30-26 lead at the intermission, after a closely-played first half. The Mount held the Beavers to 36 percent shooting in the opening half, as they connected on six-of-13 long range shots. The Lions held the lead throughout the second half, leading by as much as seven points, 43-36, after a three-point shot by Jordan Payne (Sardinia, OH/Eastern) with 11:12 to play in the game. Bluffton kept the game close, however, and got the deficit down to one point a few times, the last being at 55-54 with 12 seconds to play. On the Lions' next possession, Andy Countryman (Peebles, OH/Peebles) hit the second of two free throws, to widen the Lions lead to 56-54, with 11 seconds to play. The Beavers missed a three-point shot with two seconds to play and a lay-up attempt at the buzzer as the Mount evened its record in the young season.
Ken Kunkel (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) led three Mount players in double figures with a game-high 18 points, and he added five rebounds. Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn) chipped in 17 points while teammate David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) had 10 points. Both teams shot 38 percent from the field, while the Lions hit 10-of-26 three-point shots to the Beavers' five-of-15 from long range. Bluffton had a 34-28 advantage on the boards, but committed 14 turnovers to the Lions' 11 turnovers.