Saturday, February 16, 2013
The College of Mount St. Joseph out-shot host Anderson University from the field in the first half, 56 to 33 percent, jumping out to an 11-point lead at the half, and maintained their advantage as they knocked off the Ravens, 58-45 to gain the sixth and final spot for the upcoming HCAC Tournament. The Mount improves to 9-16 overall, and finishes the regular season with an 8-10 conference mark, grabbing the sixth seed for the tournament. The Lions, which have not made the HCAC Tournament since the 2005-2006 season, will play a first round game at Transylvania University on Feb. 19. A win would propel them to a Feb. 22 semifinal game. Transy went 2-0 vs. the Mount in the season series in 2012-13.
Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Daerborn) and Travis Combs (Manchester, OH/Manchester) led the way for the Mount in the first half against the Ravens, as the Lions bolted out to a 17-4 lead just 6:34 into the game. The Lions even overcame a 3 1/2 minute scoreless span in the first half, as they clamped also down defensively on their HCAC-opponent, leading to a 27-16 halftime lead. Scudder had 11 points at the break, while Combs added six points, on three-of-three shooting from three-point range. The Mount was four-of-seven from long range in the first half, while Anderson was zero-for-seven from behind the three-point arc. The Lions also out-rebounded the Ravens, 16-12 in the first half.
The Mount maintained its double-digit lead throughout the second half, and pushed their advantage to 18 points, 51-33, with 6:21 to play when Scudder hit two free throws. David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) made a lay-up with 2:59 to play, giving the Mount a 55-35 lead. The Lions out-shot the Ravens, 48 to 37 percent from the field in the second half, as they led the entire game.
Scudder finished with a game-high 24 points, on eight-of-10 shooting, including five-of-six from three-point range. Mann added 15 points and a team-high six rebounds. The Mount finished the game with 51 percent field goal shooting, making eight-of-14 three-point attempts - to Anderson's three-of-19 from long range, and won the rebounding battle, 32-26.