Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Vistiting Transylvania University bolted out to a nine-point lead at the half, shooting 55 percent from the field in the first half, including making five-of-eight shots from three-point range, as they rolled to a 65-39 victory over the Mount in the Harrington Center. The Lions drop to 7-15 overall, 6-9 in the HCAC, but hold on to the sixth and final conference tournament spot with three games left to play (tied with Bluffton University). They return to action on Feb. 9 when they play an HCAC game at Earlham College.
The Pioneers led by a 10-5 margin just 4:16 into the game, getting solid all-around play on both offense and defense. They pushed the advantage to 26-8 at the 8:27 mark of the first half, by controlling the boards and clamping down on the Lions' offense. The Mount converted just 36 percent of their shots in the first half, and was two-of-10 from three-point range. Transy won the first half rebounding battle, 18-10. THe Mount forced six turnovers while committing just one turnover in the first 20 minutes of action, but were down 32-23 at the half.
David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) would make a lay-up with 18:26 showing on the second half clock, keeping the deficit at nine points, 34-25, but the Lions would get no closer the rest of the half as the second hanf would play out like much of the first half did. The Pioneers out-shot the Mount, 46 to 27 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes of play, and made five-of-six from the free throw line in the second half, en route to claiming both wins in the 2012-2013 season series.
Mann was the Mount's lone double-figure scorer as he fired in 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. Jordan Payne (Sardinia, OH/Eastern) had a team-high six rebounds for the Lions.