CINCINNATI, Ohio- For the past six installments of the Bridge Shootout the home team has come out victorious, and that trend would continue in this one. Mount St. Joseph played stifling defense enroute to a 56-42 win in the Bridge Shootout against their cross river rival Thomas More. The Mount held the Saints to 37.5 percent shooting from the field and on 20 percent from behind the three point line. With the win the Lions move to 7-4 overall on the season.
Both teams got off to a slow start offensively, as the first basket was not scored until there was 16:07 to play in the first half. The Lions got the scoring started as Jordan Henry (Lexington, KY/Bryan Station) knifed to the basket for a layup. The first half in total was very close although low scoring. Neither team shot the ball extremely well in the first half, Thomas More shot 33.3 percent and the Lions a slightly better 34.8 percent. The Mount was able to take a 21-17 lead into the halftime break.
The Lions utilized a 13-2 run early in the second half to take control of the game. The Lions offense was much more efficient in the second half, shooting 56 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from three-point range. Henry led the way in the second half with 9 of his team-high 16 points in the second 20 minutes.
Andrew Finley (Cincinnati, OH/Walnut Hills) was the only other Lion in double figures in the game with 10 points. Erik Edwards (Cincinnati, OH/Roger Bacon) led the way on the backboard, with a team-high seven rebounds. The team shared the ball very will with 12 assists on 22 made baskets, led by Henry who had 5. In a game with limited possessions due to outstanding defense the Lions were able to play more efficient than the Saints.
The Lions will take to the floor again on Wednesday as they get back into conference play welcoming Bluffton (5-6, 2-2 HCAC) into the Harrington Center, the game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 PM.