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Mount men's basketball improves to 2-0 in HCAC play with an 87-71 home win over Earlham College

Saturday, December 01, 2012
by Dane Neumeister

Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn) and David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) combined for 50 points today, and the Lions shot a blistering 62 percent in the first half as they raced out to a 17-point lead at the intermission, en route to an 87-71 home win over HCAC-rival Earlham College. The Mount, goes to 3-2 overall, and sits atop the conference standings with a 2-0 mark.

The Lions led from the opening tip and by as many 20 points, 48-28, with 1:26 to play in the first half after a Scudder three-point basket. The Mount connected on 10-of-18 three-point shots in the first 20 minutes of action, with Scudder, Mann and Andy Countryman (Peebles, OH/Peebles) leading the way from the perimeter. The Mount maintained its double-digit lead throughout the second half, and were never challenged, as a lay-up by Countryman expanded the score to 67-46 with 11:55 left in the second half. The Lions shooting cooled to 48 percent in the second half, but they still finished the game converting shots at a 55 percent clip. For the game, the Lions were 15-of-31 from long range, while Earlham was four-of-13 from behind the three-point arc. Earlham won the battle of the boards, 31-29 while both teams committed seven turnovers.

Scudder finished with a game-high 26 points and four assists while Mann added 24 points, tying a Mount single-game record with seven, three-point baskets. Countryman chipped in 14 points while Ken Kunkel (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) recorded a double-double, adding 13 points and 11 rebounds.


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