Saturday, February 09, 2013
The College of Mount St. Joseph got double-figure scoring from four players today, and parlayed a strong first half showing into an 78-63 road win at Earlham College. The Lions improved to 8-15 overall, and 7-9 in the HCAC, holding onto sixth place in the HCAC standings, one game ahead of Bluffton and Anderson for the final HCAC tournament spot. The Mount will return to action on Feb. 13 at HCAC-foe Franklin College.
David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) got the scoring started in the game against the Quakers, hitting an early three-pointer but Earlham grabed the early lead. Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn) fired in a three-pointer, at the 12:59 mark to give the Mount a 16-14 lead, and then the Lions clamped down on the Quakers defensively, holding them scoreless for a four minute span in the first half. Andy Countryman (Peebles, OH/Peebles) joined the Lions' sharp shooters, hitting a three-pointer with 3:45 left in the half to give the Mount a 30-22 advantage. Countryman would provide much of the team's offense down the stretch, as the Mount rolled into the locker room with a 37-27 lead. The Mount out-shot Earlham, 42 to 31 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes of action, as each team connected on six, three-point shots. The Lions were particularly effective with their post offense, and scoring on second chance points, as they committed just one turnover in the first half.
The Lions turned in a near similar first half performance during the final 20 minutes of the game today against the Quakers, going up by 15 points, 44-29, after a Ken Kunkel (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) basket with 18:32 showing on the second half clock. Travis Combs (Manchester, OH/Manchester) gave the Lions their biggest lead of the game, 68-44, with 7:19 remaining in the game. Earlham would close to within 10 points, 73-63, with just over one minute left to play, but get no closer, as the Lions swept the two-game season series.
For the game the Mount out-shot Earlham from the field, 43 to 31 percent, and out-rebounded the home team, 44-32. Scudder led the way offensively, scoring 17 points, and grabbing five rebounds, while Combs tossed in 13 points and collected seven boards. Countryman finished with 12 points while Mann chipped in 11 points. Jacob Daniels (Peebles, OH/Peebles) had seven rebounds. Kunkel recorded a game-high five assists. The Lions committed a season-low five turnovers in the game.