Monday, December 31, 2012
The Lions out-shot Division I Wright State University on Sunday afternoon, but were felled by a season-high turnover total, and fell to the Raiders, 58-49. The Mount, 5-6 overall, gets back to conference play on Jan,. 2 when they host Hanover College.
The Mount grabbed the lead from the opening tip, and rolled out to an 18-7 first half advantage by the 6:51 mark, as they got positive results from their outside shooting attack . Wright State, however, would get back into the game, utilizing a solid defense, and inside shooting, as they caused turnovers and missed Mount shots. The Raiders closed the half on a 14-4 run, hitting key free throws down the stretch, as the Lions took a 22-21 lead into the locker room.
The game's lead bounced back-and-forth throughout most of the early part of the second half, when David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) hit a three-point shot to tie the game at 33-all with 12:40 on the clock. Wright State would go on a 12-0 run at that point, to take control of the game, as they turned up the defensive pressure on the Lions, forcing numerous miscues. The closest the Mount would get in the second half was to within seven points, the last time coming with 2:49 to play when Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn) fired in a three-pointer to make the score, 54-47.
Mann led the Mount with 16 points while Scudder chipped in 14 points. Jacob Daniels (Peebles, OH/Peebles) grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. The Lions out-shot the Raiders, 53-47 percent from the floor, including making eight three-point shots to the Raiders one, three-pointer. Wright State won the rebounding battle, 28-24, grabbing 13 offensive rebounds. The Raiders also forced 29 Mount turnovers, while committing 15 turnovers.