Saturday, January 19, 2013
Mount sophomore guard Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn) fired in a career-high 28 points, and three teammates scored in double-figures, as the Lions rolled to a 82-68 home HCAC win over Manchester University on Saturday night. The Mount improves to 6-11 overall, and goes to 5-5 in the conference and into sixth place. The Lions return to the hardwood on Jan. 23 when they play at second place (tied) Hanover College.
Scudder helped the Lions turn in their second-highest scoring half of the season in the first half against the Spartans, as he scored 17 points on six-of-nine shooting, including making five, three-pointers. He was aided on offense by teammate David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian), who added 12 first half points. The Lions jumped out to a 13-1 lead after just for minutes of play in the game, and finished the half out-shooting the Spartans 67 to 39 percent from the field. The Mount made 10-of-16 three-points shots in the first half, and committed just two turnovers while forcing seven Manchester miscues, as they led 47-29 at the intermission.
The Lions would keep their advantage to around 20 points most of the second half - the Spartans would close to within 16 points a couple of times after the 10 minute mark - but would get no closer. Manchester shot 63 percent from the field in the second half, to the Lions' 58 percent accuracy, but could not overcome the huge deficit, as the Mount improved to .500 in the HCAC.
The Mount, which swept the season series against the Spartans, went 14-of-27 from behind the three-point arc, the sixth time this season they have made 10 or more three-pointers in a game. In two games against Manchester this season, Scudder made 15, three-point shots, as he finished seven-for-12 from long range against the Spartans on Saturday night. Mann finished with 17 points in the game while Andy Countryman (Peebles, OH/Peebles) chipped in 13 points and Jordan Payne (Sardinia, OH/Eastern) had 10 points. Ken Kunkel (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) had a team-high six rebounds while Scudder added five assists.