Thursday, January 30, 2014
David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) connected on a jump shot with 2:14 to give the Mount a two-point lead, but host Hanover College converted two free throws with 22 seconds left and dodged a last second Mount attempt to post the win over the Lions, 58-57 on Wednesday night. The loss dropped the Lions to 11-6, 8-3 overall, one game behind HCAC co-leaders Rose-Hulman and Defiance. Hanover improved to 12-6, 8-3. The Mount returns to action with an HCAC game on Feb. 1 at Earlham College.
The two teams went back and forth in the first half, even with the Lions jumping out to a 15-8 lead just seven minutes into the game. Hanover tied the game at 23-all with a balanced scoring attack, as the first half ended in a 28-all tie. Hanover stayed in the game in the first 20 minutes of action thanks to shooting six-of-11 from three point range, and the Mount was six-of-seven from the free throw line.
The Lions scored the game's first points in the second half, and with the score tied at 38-all, went on a run thanks to the play of Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn). Scudder ended a scoring spree with a three-pointer at 8:49 giving his team a 48-42 advantage. The Mount led again by six points, 50-44, at 7:39 and held a 52-51 lead with 4:34 to play. Bobby Murdock (Cincinnati, OH/Anderson) hit a three-point shot with 4:06 on the scoreboard, giving the Lions a 55-51 lead, but the Panthers fought back by hitting a shot from long range, to grab a 56-55 lead with 2:51 to play. Mann's basket with just over two minutes to play gave the Mount a 57-56 lead - their last advantage in the game.
The Panthers missed two free throws at the 1:56 mark, but the Lions strugged down the stretch with their shooting as well, missing a two-point and three-point attempt, before the Panthers hit two free throws with 22 seconds left. Scudder missed a last second, game-winning attempt.
The Mount out-shot Hanover from the field, 49 to 47 percent, and made 8-of-11 three pointers, to the Panthers' seven-of-15 from long range. Hanover won the battle of the boards, 28-21, and forced 14 Lions' turnovers while committing nine miscues. Hanover scored 17 points off the Mount turnovers.
Scudder led the Mount with 15 points, while Murdock added ten points. Ken Kunkel (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) had 12 points and six rebounds.