Tuesday, November 26, 2013
25th-ranked DePauw University jumped out to a six-point lead at the half and withstood a furious Mount second half comeback on Tuesday evening, as they downed the Lions, 80-74. The Mount went to 3-1 with the loss, while DePauw improved to 4-0. The Lions will play next at Capital University on Dec. 1.
The Lions scored the game's first points against the Tigers, and found themselves in a battle throughout the first 20 minutes of action, as both teams shot in the 40 percent range in the opening half. Mark Allen (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) connected on two free throws with just under 4 1/2 minutes to play in the opening half, giving the Mount a 24-19 lead, only to see DePauw fight back down the stretch as they grabbed a lead just one minute later and led 33-27 at the intermission. The Lions made only one free throw in the final 2:22 of the half.
The second half saw the Tigers keep their margin ahead of the Lions by six eight points throughout, until Keegan Kincaid (Rising Sun, IN/Switzerland County) hit one-of-two free throw attempts with 11:32 on the clock, cutting the deficit to 50-46. David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) would also convert a free throw with 8:03 left to cut the score to 56-53 with 8:03 left. The Tigers, however, would respond with balanced scoring after that, keeping the Lions at bay and building their lead to six points, before Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn) hit a three-point shot with five minutes left in the game to pull the Lions to within two, 63-61. Andy Countryman (Peebles, OH/Peebles) would convert a lay-up with 3:40 left in the game, to bring his team to within one, 67-66, with 3:30 left, but the Lions would get no closer, or grab the lead in the closing moments. In the final 2:07 of the game, the Mount converted three-of-four free throw attempts and made a final basket at the buzzer, as the Tigers posted the six point win. During that same span, DePauw connected on five-of-six from the charity stripe and had two baskets.
Scudder led all scorers with 29 points, a new career-high, as he made six-of-10 three-point shots. He also added a career-high tying five rebounds. Ken Kunkel (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) added 14 points and a team-high six rebounds. DePauw, which shot 74 percent from the field in the second half, out-shot the Lions, 58 to 44 percent from the field in the game, while the Mount was nine-of-21 from three-point range to the host team's seven-of-18 from long range. The Mount also hit 81 percent from the free throw line. DePauw held a slight edge in rebounds, 20-19, and forced 10 turnovers while committing nine miscues.