HANOVER, INDIANA – On Wednesday night the Mount St. Joseph Lions (17-7, 14-3) traveled to Indiana to take on the Hanover College Panthers (18-6, 13-4) in a Valentine's Day matchup. Both teams came into Wednesday night in a three-way tie for first place in the HCAC with Rose-Hulman with just two games remaining in the regular season.
The game was the tight throughout with the largest lead of the game belonging to The Mount who led by twelve mid-way through the first half. Although both teams shot roughly the same field goal percentage with the Lions shooting 53% and the Panthers shooting 57% from the field, it was the free throw line and three-point shooting by the Lions that made the difference. The Lions went 11-13 to Hanover's 8-15 from the free throw line and the lions went 10-20 from long range while Hanover shot just 7-20 from beyond the arc.
Four of the five Lions starters scored in double figures with Andrew Finley (Cincinnati, OH/Walnut Hills) leading the way with 27 points including 4 of 5 from three-point range, Adam Goetz (Erlanger, KY/St. Henry) scored 16, Jake Cropper (Georgetown, OH/Georgetown) had 10, and Tyler Manaugh (Madison, IN/Madison) with 12.
With the Lions defeating Hanover and Rose-Hulman (15-9, 13-4) falling to Anderson University, the Lions are now alone in first place of the HCAC with just one regular season game left this Saturday against the Earlham College Quakers (7-17, 5-12) in Richmond, Indiana. If the Lions win Saturday they will win their first ever outright regular season HCAC title and host the HCAC basketball tournament next weekend on Mount St. Joseph's campus in the Harrington Center as the number one overall seed in the conference.