Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Host Transylvania University made 16-of-23 free throws in the second half as they held off a Mount second half charge to defeat the Lions on Wednesday night, 53-42. The Mount, 5-11 overall, 4-5 in the HCAC is back in action on Jan. 19 when they host conference-foe Manchester College.
Neither team shot well in the first half in Lexington, KY, as Transy forged a 21-13 lead at the break. The Lions converted only four-of-21 first half shots, including one-of-six from long range, while Transy made nine-of-23 from the field, and three-of-11 from three-point range. The Pioneers held the lead the entire first half.
Transylvania led by as many as 10 points early in the second half but the Mount's David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) hit a three-pointer with 14:13 on the clock to cut the deficit to 25-20. Mann would hit another basket at 12:45 to keep the deficit at five, 27-22, before the Pioneers began to pull away. They would lead 31-22, and thanks to solid free throw shooting down the stretch, keep the Lions at bay. Andy Countryman (Peebles, OH/Peebles) made two free throws with just under four minutes to play, to make the score 40-35, but the Pioneers would make 12-of-13 free throws down the stretch to collect their 12th victory of the season.
Countryman paced the Lions with 10 points while teammate Jacob Daniels (Peebles, OH/Peebles) grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field for the game. Transy won the battle of the boards, 32-30, and forced 14 turnovers while committing eight turnovers.