Thursday, February 06, 2014
The Mount jumped out to a 19 point first half lead on Wednesday night, thanks to out-shooting Transylvania University 59 to 25 percent from the field, and went on to a 75-61 home victory over the Pioneers. The Lions improved to 12-7 overall, 9-4 in the HCAC and will be back in action on Feb. 8 when they play at Defiance College.
The Lions raced out to a 24-8 lead halfway through the first 20 minutes of action, as they controlled the action with their fast-break offense hitting with efficiency from both inside and outside. The Mount, which led by as many as 19 points in the first half, connected on 16-of-27 shots, including five-of-10 from three-point, and converted all four free throw attempts in the first half. Femi Thompson (Cincinnati, OH/Aiken) led the way for the Mount in the opening half, scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds. The Lions also controlled the boards, 20-15. Andy Countryman (Peebles, OH/Peebles) added nine points in the first half.
The Mount scored the first four points of the second half, and were never challenged for the lead, as they shot 58 percent from the floor in the final half, and once again controlled the rebounding battle and defensive play. Thompson scored 21 points to lead all scorers while adding six rebounds. Countryman finished with 14 points while teammate Mark Allen (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) had 11 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn) chipped in eight points and eight rebounds. The Lions sweep the season series between the two teams, 2-0.
Mount senior David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian), who eclipsed the 1,000 point career mark in the team's last game at Earlham College, was honored before the game. He had six points, two rebounds and three steals against the Pioneers.