CINCINNATI, Ohio-- The Mount St. Joseph men's basketball season came to an abrupt end on Monday. The team was hoping for an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III national tournament. That bid would not come today, but this season has been far from a disappointment for the Mount.
The Lions eclipsed the 20 win plateau for the first time in program history this season. They opened the season winning their first five games, including an epic victory over the then 11th ranked team in the nation John Carroll. The hot start would help the Lions into the d3hoops.com top 25 for the first time in school history. The high point of the season had to be a home victory over Anderson, which took place in front of a raucous Harrington Center crowd.
The Lions would end the season with the second best record in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. They would travel to Hanover College to try to defend their conference tournament crown from a year ago. After defeating the Spartans of Manchester in the semi-finals, the Lions would match-up with regular season champion Hanover College. The Lions would come up just a bit short in the title game falling to the Panthers 58-51.
Offensively they were led this season by Andrew Finley (Cincinnati, OH/ Walnut Hills) who averaged 16.3 points per game. Four Lions in total averaged double figures this season, Jordan Henry (Lexington, KY/ Bryan Station) averaged 11.4 and Erik Edwards (Cincinnati, OH/ Roger Bacon) scored 11.6 respectively. A huge bright spot this season was freshman Adam Goetz (Erlanger, KY/ St. Henry) who averaged 12.9 points per game. They also got contributions from Jake Cropper (Georgetown, OH/ Georgetown), and Conner Myslowski (Dayton, OH/ West Carrolton) on the wings. The post for the Lions was held down by a tandem of seniors, Bobby Murdock (Cincinnati, OH/ Anderson) and Holden Hertzel (Cincinnati, OH/ Summit Country Day).
This group of Lions represented the Mount with dignity and class, on the court and in the classroom. As a University and Athletics department we would like to thank these young men for their hard work and dedication.
When asked about this team Mount St. Joseph's director of athletics Steve Radcliffe said, "I am extremely proud of the way our team played and represented our University this season." He went on to add, "The future is very bright for men's basketball here at Mount St. Joseph."