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Mount men's basketball team drops home game against Franklin College, 75-63

Thursday, January 10, 2013
by Dane Neumeister

Visiting Franklin College got a strong outside shooting attack, and added solid free throw shooting throughout the game, as they pulled away from a two-point halftime lead to record a 75-63 win against the Mount on Wednesday night. With the loss the Lions go to 5-9 on the season, 4-3 in the HCAC and will be back in action on Jan. 12 when they play at HCAC-foe Defiance College.

The Grizzlies jumped out to a 19-7 lead with 11:23 to play in the first half, as they found the basket repeatedly from behind the three-point arc. and hit key free throws. The Lions, however, made a run at the lead, trailing 32-23 with 2:22, as four different scorers connected on shots down the stretch to cut the deficit to 34-32 heading into the locker room. The Lions out-shot Franklin College, 55 to 36 percent from the field in the first half, but saw the Grizzlies make four, three-point shots - to the Lions' one basket from long range, and out-score the Lions 14-7 from the free throw line.

The two teams played close throughout the early part of the second half, as the Mount's Jacob Daniels (Peebles, OH/Peebles) and Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn) helped the Lions keep the pace. Scudder's basket wtih 9:16 to play in the game tied the score for the seventh time, 55-all, before the Grizzlies pulled away to take command of the game. Thanks to accurate outside shooting, Franklin College went on an 11-1 run down to the 4:46 to seize control of the game's score. The Lions would get the disadvantage down to seven points, 66-59, with 3:20 to play, but would get no closer down the stretch.

Franklin made 61 percent of its shots in the second half, while the Lions hit 56 percent from the field. The Grizzlies connected on 10-of-21 from behind the three-point arc, to the Lions' four-of-15 from long range. Franklin also made 21-of-26 from the free throw line to the Mount's 15-of-19 from the charity stripe in the game. Franklin College committed eight turnovers while the Mount had 13 turnovers.

Scudder led the Mount with 18 points, while Daniels chipped in seven points and six rebounds. Ken Kunkel (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) and teammate Andy Countryman (Peebles, OH/Peebles) also scored in double-figures for the Lions, scoring 13 and 10 points respectively. Kunkel added a team-high eight rebounds, as he played all 40 minutes in the game.

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