Lions hold off Anderson's second-half rally for conference win

Lions hold off Anderson's second-half rally for conference win

LOCATION: Cincinnati, Ohio (Harrington Center)

Mount St. Joseph University (2-3, 1-0 HCAC) held off a furious second-half rally from previously unbeaten Anderson University (3-1, 0-1) for a critical win early in the conference season. The Mount carried a 43-33 lead into the second half, but a comeback gave them a chance to win with under 5 seconds to play.

A crucial offensive foul call and clutch free-throw shooting gave the Lions 78-73 win. 

Andrew Finley hit two big first half three's to help lead the Lions to a 10 point half-time lead.

Anderson crawled back into the game after some half-time adjustments, tying up the game for the first time since the early going at 58 with 9:41 left in the second half.

Mount St. Joseph lost senior guard Femi Thompson to an ankle injury early in the second half. Anderson never held the lead in the second half, which came down to a would be last second shot as Anderson had the ball down one point with 7.6 seconds left to go in the game.

But as the ball was driven to the basket senior Joel Scudder stepped in to take a charge, and then proceeded to ice the game with four late free throws -- two of which were the result of a technical foul on Anderson head coach Owen Handy.  

MSJ shot 45.9% from the field over the course of the game while Anderson shot over 45% for the game as well. MSJ hit 7-20 (35%) from the three-point line to Anderson's 4-17 (23.5%). 

Senior Joel Scudder and sophomore Erik Edwards lead the Lions in scoring, each chipping in 18 points. Scudder lead the team in rebounding with seven.

The Ravens were carried offensively by Cole Hartman who had a game high 28 points. 

The Lions travel to Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday for a 3 p.m. matchup against HCAC opponent Rose-Hulman.