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Mount men's basketball team clipped by 13th-ranked College of Wooster, 65-52
Mount player David Mann with former Transy Head Coach Don Lane
Mount player David Mann with former Transy Head Coach Don Lane

Thursday, December 20, 2012
by Dane Neumeister

The College of Wooster, ranked 13th in the nation, jumped out to a three-point lead at the half, and stretched their advantage to nine points just 3 1/2 minutes into the second half, en route to a 65-52 win over the Mount in the second and final day of the Don Lane Classic held at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY on Wednesday. The loss drops the Lions' record to 5-5 on the season. The Mount will be back in action on Dec. 30 when they play at Wright State University.

The game's lead changed hands numerous times throughout the first half, with the Lions tying the game late in the opening half, 29-all, with 1:38 on the clock when Ken Kunkel (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) hit an inside shot. The Scots, however, forged ahead just 10 seconds later, on a three-point field goal, to grab a 32-29 advantage at the half. Wooster shot 50 percent in the first half, while the Lions' were held to 38 percent shooting. The Mount connected on only four-of-13 three-point attempts. David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) led the Mount in the first half with eight points while Kunkel chipped in six points and grabbed five rebounds. Andy Countryman (Peebles, OH/Peebles) and teammate Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn) each added five points.

The Scots went on a 8-2 run to start the half, leading 40-31 with 13:26 to play in the game while the Mount would never get closer than a three-point deficit, 40-37, with 14:28 to play after a Scudder three-pointer. The Mount was out-shot in the second half from the field, 41 to 30 percent, and the Scots connected on 13-of-16 second half free throws, to the Lions' nine-of-16 from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes of action. Wooster won the rebounding battle, 35-22 in the game.

Mann led the Mount with 14 points while Scudder chipped in 13 points. Kunkel had nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. Mann was named to the All-Classic team.

 

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