Thursday, January 09, 2014
The Mount's solid outside shooting in the second half on Wednesday night enabled them to post a 70-56 win at home against Bluffton University. The victory helps the Lions, 7-4, 4-1 in the HCAC, keep pace with the conference leaders. The Mount takes to the court again for HCAC action when they host Earlham College on Jan. 11.
The game's lead see-sawed back-and-forth throughout the first half, with Bluffton racing out to a 17-10 lead and holding a 19-17 advantage with 11:39 on the clock in the opening half. After a brief lead by the Lions, the Beavers regained the lead, 32-29 following a three-point field goal with 2:28 remaining in the half. Both teams shot in the 40 percent range in the opening half, despite the Lions' missing all nine, three-point attempts.
The Mount turned things around in the second half, thanks to their outside shooting skills. Andy Countryman (Peebles, OH/Peebles) gave the Lions a 41-40 lead with a three-pointer at 17:07 and teammate Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn) pushed the advantage to four, 44-40, with a three-pointer of his own with 16:22 on the clock. A Bluffton layup cut the Mount lead to one point, 48-47, with 9:42 to play. but the Mount would pull away again and post a 60-50 advantage with 6:15 to play in the game. The Lions kept their lead to 10 points or more down the stretch. The Mount connected on five-of-10 second half, three-point attempts while Bluffton was two-for-11 from long range in the second half. Overall, the Lions shot a blistering 61 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes of action, and made six-of-six second half free throws.
Mark Allen (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) led the Mount with a game-high 20 points and also grabbed four rebounds while Scudder chipped in 14 points and a game-high eight boards. David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) added 12 poiints while teammate Femi Thompson (Cincinnati, OH/Aiken) fired in 10 points.