Location: CINCINNATI, Ohio (Harrington Center)
In a matchup of the two teams that have been co-champions of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for the past two seasons. Mount St. Joseph faced off with Defiance College, and the Lions would withstand a late surge by the Yellow Jackets to come away with a 73-66 victory.
How it Happened:
The first five minutes of play would see the lead change hands four times. The Lions though would soon go ahead to stay. Bobby Murdock (Cincinnati, OH/ Anderson) was inserted into the starting lineup for the Lions and scored six of their first 10 points. With just under ten minutes to play the lead was just five for the Lions, thats when freshman Adam Goetz (Erlanger, KY/ St. Henry) took the game over. Goetz scored 10 consecutive points for the Lions on his way to 14 for the half, stretching the Lions lead out to 11 points. The Lions would close the first half with a 40-27 lead.
The first few minutes of the second half would see the Mount go on a 8-2 run stretching their lead out to a game high 19 points at the 16:17 mark. Defiance would answer immediately with an 8-0 run of their own. Over the next few minutes of action the teams would trade baskets, with neither team able to take control of the action. At the 6:38 mark of the second half and the Lions holding a 59-44 lead, Defiance would go on a 12-0 run to cut the Lions lead down to just three points. The Yellow Jackets were unabe to get over the hump though as the Lions did just enough down the stretch to secure the victory. The veteran backcourt for the Lions sealed the win at the free throw line as Jordan Henry (Lexington, KY/ Bryan Statsion) and Andrew Finley (Cincinnati, OH/ Walnut Hills) were a combined nine for ten from the free throw line over the games final 36 seconds.
The Lions were led offensively by freshman Adam Goetz who scored a game high 19 points, adding three assists.
Finley and Henry were the only other Lions in double figures with 14 and 10 respectively.
Mount St. Joseph will take on the Purple Aces of Evansville on thursday night. The game is scheduled for a 8:00 PM tip and will be streamed live on ESPN3.