Saturday, February 22, 2014
The Mount got double-digit scoring from four different players, and upped their home record on the season to 10-1 with a 69-57 over conference leader Rose-Hulman on Saturday in the Harrington Center. The Lions, 16-8 overall, 13-5 in the HCAC, wrapped up the #4 seed for the upc,oming HCAC Tournament. The Mount will host #5 seed Transylvania University on Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The winner will advance to the HCAC Semifinals against Rose-Hulman.
Rose-Hulman jumped out to an 11-3 lead just 6:06 into the game, as the Mount got off to a slow start most of the half due to their inefffective shooting. The Lions turned it around, however, after that, but trailed by five to seven points most of the rest of the half before closing the deficit to 28-27 at the break. The Lions were out-shot in the opening 20 minutes of action, 50 to 36 percent from the floor, but stayed in the game by out-scoring the visiting team on three-pointers and from the foul line.
David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian), the Lions' lone senior who was honored before the game, got the Mount's offense jump started in the second half, hitting a three-pointer for the second half's first points, giving his team a 30-28 lead. Mann hit another trey with 18:48 on the clock to give the Lions a 33-30 advantage. Femi Thompson (Cincinnati, OH/Aiken) hit two free throws to push the lead out to 42-35 with 12:50 remianing in the game, and teammate Andy Countryman (Peebles, OH/Peebles) followed that later with a jumper pushing the lead out to double-digits, 52-41 with 8:12 left. Thompson made two more free throws at 6:24, giving the Lions a 56-41 lead, and they would hold a plus-10 point lead the remainder of the half.
The Mount connected on 55 percent from the field in the second half, to Rose-Hulman's 31 percent shooting, while going 13-of-15 on free throw attempts to the Fightin' Engineers, seven-of-nine at the line.
Mann had a team-high 17 points and added four rebounds while Thompson chipped in 14 points and four rebounds. Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn) added 12 points and three assists. Ken Kunkel (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain) finished with 11 points and three assists. Countryman added a game-high five assists.