Thursday, January 03, 2013
Visiting Hanover College raced out to a 19-point lead on Wednesday night, thanks to a productive transitiion defense, and rolled to an 81-58 win over the Lions giving the Mount its first conference loss of the season. The Lions, 5-7 overall, 4-1 in the HCAC, will be back in action on Jan. 5 when they host conference-rival Rose-Hulman.
The Lions held only a brief, early lead against the Panthers, as the host school took advantage of Mount turnovers, and solid shooting to roll out to a commanding 34-17 lead with just over six minutes left in the opening half. Hanover would go on to connect on 50 percent shooting, to the Lions' 40 percent shooting, in the first half, as well as making five, three-pointers. They also forced eight Mount turnovers while committing only three miscues. Ken Kunkel (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) led the way for the Mount in the first half, scoring seven points and grabbing seven rebounds, as the Lions trailed 43-24 at the half.
David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) converted two free throws with 11:07 showing on the second half clock, to cut the deficit to under 10 points, 53-45, but the Lions would get no closer as the Panthers would go on a 13-2 run, thanks to a balanced inside-outside scoring attack, and inaccurate Mount shooting. The Mount, however, would get back to solid shooting, making 59 percent in the second half, but were out-scored 38-34 in the second half, falling to the Panthers, who improved to 6-6, 3-2 (HCAC).
Kunkel paced the Lions with 14 points and 11 rebounds, his second double-double of the season. Mann chipped in 10 points while Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn) had five assists. The Lions won the rebounding battle, 33-25, but committed 17 turnovers while forcing seven Hanover turnovers.