TERRE HAUTE, Indiana-- The Mount St. Joseph men's basketball team traveled to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Rose-Hulman and played an outstanding basketball game, and played what may have been their best game of the young season. The Lions shot the ball extremely well as a team en route to a 84-68 win over the Fightin' Engineers.
The Lions were led in the game by senior post Erik Edwards (Cincinnati, OH/Roger Bacon) who notched his first double-double of the season. He led the team with a season-high 28 points, and was dominant on the glass pulling in a season-high 11 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Adam Goetz (Erlanger, KY/ St. Henry) also played an outstanding game for the Lions. He pitched in a season-high in points with 23, with 18 coming in the second half. Goetz also pitched in on the glass pulling in a season-high 8 boards.
It was a balanced offensive attack in this one as two other Lions scored in double figures as well. Junior Jake Cropper (Georgetown, OH/Georgetown) scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and freshman Cam Stewart (Wilmington, OH/Wilmington) added 13 points going a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and 3-of-3 from deep.
The Mount controlled much of the early going of the game, holding on to a slim margin for most of the first half. They held a 7-point advantage at 28-21 with 6:28 to play in the first, but a 9-0 run over the next two minutes gave the Fightin' Engineers their first lead since the opening moments of the game. It was back and forth over the final minutes of the first half, but an Edwards layup with just under a minute to play gave The Mount a 37-35 edge going into the break.
The Lions came out in the second half scorching from the field, finding the bottom of the net on 13 of their first 18 field goal attempts. The hot shooting run pushed the Lions lead to 11 with 7:49 to play in the game. All told The Mount would shoot 66.7 percent from the field in the second half and 60 percent from behind the three-point line. The also shared the ball extremely well as the notched 14 assists on 20 made field goals in the half.
Although undersized in this one The Mount owned the glass, out rebounding Rose 30-23.
Next up the Lions will travel to Anderson, Indiana on Saturday to take on the Ravens of Anderson University in what should be an outstanding matchup. The game is scheduled to tip off at 3:00 PM.