Thursday, January 16, 2014
The College of Mount St. Joseph men's basketball team jumped out to a six-point halftime lead, and held off a second half comeback attempt as they posted a 57-55 home win over Hanover College. The victory improves the Mount's record to 9-4 overall, and 6-1 in the HCAC, keeping them in a tie for first place with Rose-Hulman. The Lions will return to action on Jan. 18 when they play at Rose-Hulman.
The Mount raced out to a 33-27 halftime lead against the Panthers on Wednesday night, thanks in part to out-shooting their opponents, 46 to 37 percent from the field. The Lions made four-of-nine three-point attempts while Hanover was one-of-11 from long range in the first half.
The Lions pushed their lead out to seven points, scoring the game's first points in the second half, but Hanover would regain its shooting touch in the second half, and held their game's lead three different times, the last at 10:04 in the second half. Strong free throw shooting by the Lions over the next few minutes, and for the entire second half, would allow the home team to grab a 54-47 advantage after two free throws by Femi Thompson (Cincinnati, OH/Aiken), with 3:46 to play. Hanover scored on a three-point shot with 42 seconds to play, cutting the Mount lead to 56-54, and after holding the Mount on defense, had a chance to tie the game on their next possession, but converted only one-of-two free throws, to make the score 56-55 with 11 seconds left in the game.
The Mount's Bobby Murdock (Cincinnati, OH/Anderson) connected on one-of-two free throw attempts with 10 seconds left to play, to make the score 57-55, with Hanover calling timeout with four seconds to play to set up a play. Hanover's three-point shot was off the mark at the buzzer as the Mount posted their fourth straight win. The Mount converted 12-of-14 second half free throws.
Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn) led the Mount with 15 points. David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) had nine points and six rebounds while Murdock added 11 points.