Desperation 3-pointer off target as men's basketball falls short against No. 8 Marietta

Desperation 3-pointer off target as men's basketball falls short against No. 8 Marietta

LOCATION Wooster, Ohio (College of Wooster, Timken Gymnasium)

Mount St. Joseph University (4-5) falls to nationally ranked Marietta College (9-2) in the Mose" Hole/Kiwanis Classic at the College of Wooster. Joel Scudder scored 24 points for the Lions. 

The Lions' came out of the gates tough against the nation's 8th-ranked team. The early going was tightly contested with neither team able to take control of the action. A back and forth first half saw Marietta jump out to a 9 point lead at 30-21 at the 7:17 mark. The Lions went on a 12-0 run over the next 3 minutes to take the lead 33-30. The run was highlighted by two Liam Rabe 3-point baskets. The game remained close through the remainder of the first half, with the Lions' closing out the first half with a 7 point lead at 43-36. 

It was much of the same early in the second half as the Lions' extended the lead to a game-high 14 points on a Scudder 3-point basket at the 15:51 mark. From there the game became the Dillon Young show. The Sophomore guard for the Pioneers scored 13 consecutive points on his way to a huge 20 point second half. The final point of his run, a free throw cut the Lions' lead to 3 at 61-58. The game would remain close the rest of the way, Marietta finally climbed all the way back to take the lead at 75-73 with only 3:34 left in the contest. It was a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game.

The Lions had a chance to tie at the buzzer but a long 3-point attempt by Travis Combs was off target. 

Scudder lead the Lions' with 24 points, including an outstanding 6-6 from the free throw line. 

Tyler Manaugh and Cameron Lee combined for 14 big rebounds in limited action as both dealt with foul trouble. 

It's a quick turnaround for the Lions as they play again tomorrow in the "Mose" Hole/Kiwanis Classic at The College of Wooster. They will either face the host College of Wooster Fighting Scots or The University of Pittsburgh-Bradford.