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Mount men's basketball squad drops road contest at Wilmington College, 70-53

Friday, December 14, 2012
by Dane Neumeister

Host Wilmington College jumped out to a 16-point lead with just over 10 minutes expired in the game, and led by a 43-29 margin at the intermission, as they ended the Lions three-game winning streak with a 70-53 win over the Mount. The Lions, 4-3 overall, will get back into HCAC action on Dec. 15 when they play at Manchester College. The Lions are tied for first place in the conference with Rose-Hulman, with each sporting 3-0 marks.

Wilmington led the game on Thursday night from the opening tip, and utilizing a solid inside attack, and accurate free throw shooting, grabbed a 27-11 advatage with 9:07 to play in the first half. The Lions cut the deficit to 33-23 with 2:55 to play in the opening half, after a three-point play by Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn) but would get no closer as the Quakers finished the half on a 10-6 run. Scudder led the first half charge for the Mount with 14 points, as the Lions conneceted on 10-of-20 field goal attempts, but were hampered by 15 turnovers; while Wilmington made 15-of-27 shots from the field, including four, three-pointers, and suffered seven turnovers.

The Mount cut the Wilmington lead to 49-39 with 14:51 left to play, after Andy Countryman (Peebles, OH/Peebles) hit two free throws, and pulled to within three points in the second half, 49-46 with 11:51 on the clock, but saw the Quakers pull away, thanks to a 10-0 scoring run down to the 6:15 mark of the second half. The Lions were hurt by connecting on just eight-of-26 second half shots, including making just two, three-point field goal attempts. For the game, the Lions made 18-of-46 from the field compared to Wilmington's 25-of-48. The Mount won the rebounding battle, 29-28. Scudder led the Mount with 22 points while teammate Ken Kunkel (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) chipped in 10 points. Jacob Daniels (Peebles, OH/Peebles) grabbed six rebounds.  

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