Saturday, January 19, 2013
Visiting Manchester University went on an 9-0 run over four-plus minutes late in the second half tonight, and held off the Mount for a 47-41 win. The Lions fall to 3-14 overall, 2-8 in the HCAC with the loss and will be back in action on Jan. 23 when they host a conference game against Hanover College.
Neither team could find the range in the first half, as Manchester shot 35 percent from the field, and the Mount connected on only five-of-32 first half shots. The Spartans held an 18-10 lead at the break, despite committing 15 turnovers, while forcing five Lions' miscues. Manchester also held a 25-17 rebounding lead over the first 20 minutes of action.
The Spartans held the lead throughout the first nine-plus minutes of the second half, as they worked a solid inside game, and kept the Lions of the scoreboard with pressure defense. The Mount, however, grabbed a 28-26 lead, with 10:38 showing on the clock when Heidi McManus (Bethel, OH/Williamsburg) fired in a three-pointer. The Spartans tied the score at 28-all, when they hit two free throws on their next possession, and took the lead, 30-28 with 8:19 to play after they caused the Lions to miss four straight shots. Rachel Blevins (Middletown, OH/Madison) converted a lay-up with 4:04 on the clock to cut the deficit to 38-36 and teammate Melanie Monahan (Mason, OH/Bishop Fenwick) hit two free throws with 1:54 to narrow the Manchester lead to one point, 40-39, but the Lions could not forge ahead down the stretch.
Manchester would connect on five-of-six free throws in the last 34 seconds of the game, and the Mount would make two free throws during that time, miss two shots, committ two turnovers as the Spartans held on for the victory.
Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) led the Mount with 10 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. Blevins chipped in six points and eight boards. Manchester out-rebounded the Mount, 44-38, but the Lions held a 17-9 advantage on the offensive end. The Spartans turned the ball over 26 times while the Mount had 14 turnovers. Manchester out-shot the Mount, 37-23 percent from the field, as the Spartans were five-of-10 from long range to the Lions' one-of-17 from three-point. The Spartans converted 12-of-18 from the free throw line to the Mount's 12-of-22 from the charity stripe.