CINCINNATI, Ohio-- The Mount St. Joseph men's basketball team welcomed the Pioneers of Transylvania University into the Harrington Center for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup. It was a special night on the campus of The Mount as six senior were honored before the game for their contributions over their careers on the hardwood. Andrew Finley (Cincinnati, OH/Walnut Hills), Erik Edwards (Cincinnati, OH/ Roger Bacon), Jordan Henry (Lexington, KY/ Bryan Station), Tyler Manaugh (Madison, IN/ Madison), Conner Myslowski (Dayton, OH/ West Carrolton) and student-assistant coach Richard Morris were all recognized in a pre-game ceremony.
When the action got underway the seniors would take the game over one last time on the Harrington Center floor. All five seniors played a pivotal role in the win. Edwards led the way with 22 points and 8 rebounds, with Finely adding 17 points and 5 assists. Myslowski came off the bench to score 15 points, with Manaugh adding 5 of his own and Henry was able chip in five as well despite dealing with some foul trouble throughout the contest.
The opening 8:11 of the game was a back-and-forth affair, as the teams traded the lead 7 times. The Lions took the lead at the 11:49 mark on a layup by Edwards pushing the score to 19-18 in favor of the Lions. The score would remain tight throughout the first half but the Lions were able to hold off the Pioneers and take a 40-34 lead into the break. Edwards was dominant in the first half scoring 17 of his game-high 22 in the frame going a perfect 8-for-8 from the field. All told The Mount shot 64 percent (16-of-25) from the field in the opening twenty minutes.
As the second half opened Transy remained close, cutting the Lions lead down to five with just over 15 minutes to go. Then the Lions turned on the afterburners, getting scorching hot from behind the 3-point line. The Lions connected from deep on four of their next five possessions, helping them to go on a 23-6 run over the next 5 minutes. During the run Finley scored 8 points and Myslowski ended the run with consecutive three-pointers. The Lions would maintain the sizeable lead the rest of the way.
After hitting only 2-of-9 attempts from behind the arc in the first half, the Lions drilled 11-of-17 attempts in the second. While holding the HCAC's most potent offensive attack to 13 points less than their season average.
The Lions will return to the court on Saturday, as they travel to take on the Grizzlies of Franklin College, with the game scheduled to tip-off at 3:00 PM. Tune to MSJsports.com for all of your live game coverage.