Thursday, January 24, 2013
Host Hanover College, the conference's second-place team, blistered the nets at over 60 percent shooting in each half on Wednesday evening as they pinned an 93-61 defeat over the Mount. The Lions fall to 6-12 overall, and 5-6 in the HCAC, but continue to hold onto the sixth and final seed for the end-of-season HCAC Tournament. The Mount returns to action on Jan. 26 when they play a conference game at Rose-Hulman.
The Panthers led by just six points with 11:45 to play in the first half, 17-11, before going on a 19-7 run over the next eight minutes of the game, using a diversified attack. At the half, Hanover held a 42-24 advantage over the Lions, due to out-shooting the visitors 61 to 40 percent from the field, and holding a 15-9 rebounding lead. Hanover continued their sharp shooting in the second half, hitting 66 percent from the field. The Mount's Donald Bush (Cincinnati, OH/North College Hill) would cut the large Hanover lead to 47-31, with 18:31 on the clock, after making a three-point play, but the Panthers would parlay a strong inside attack against the Lions over the next two-plus minutes to roll out to a 63-35 advantage. Hanover led by 32 points, 77-45 with 11 minutes left in the game and held a large lead throughout the remainder of the game, as they posted their second win, in two games, in the season series between the two teams.
Two Lions' players scored in double-figures, as Joel Scudder (Greensdale, IN/South Dearborn) had 13 points and teammate David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) chipped in 12 points and five rebounds. Jacob Daniels (Peebles, Oh/Peebles) also had five rebounds, as the Mount was out-rebounded 31-20 in the game. The Lions also suffered 18 turnovers while forcing 10 Hanover mistakes. The Lions connected on three-of-16 three-point attempts to Hanover's five-of-13 from behind the three-point arc. Hanover scored 54 of its 92 points in the paint in the game.