Mount St. Joseph struggles at Hanover

Mount St. Joseph struggles at Hanover

LOCATION:  Collier Arena (Hanover, Ind.)

Mount St. Joseph (15-9, 12-5 HCAC) traveled to Hanover College (13-11, 11-6 HCAC) and lost the game 80-69. A loss by Defiance College helped the Lions stay tied atop the HCAC standings.

The Lions came out of the gates pretty strong against the Panthers, jumping out to a 9 point lead with 12:35 to go. From that point though Hanover controlled the action the rest of the way, taking the lead for the first time with 8:29 to play, and they would not trail at any point the rest of the game. The Panthers held the Mount scoreless over the final 5:15 of the first half, save a desperation heave by Andrew Finley at the buzzer.

Trailing 34-21 coming out of the break the Lions were unable to make much of a dent in the lead. They cut the game to single digits only once in the second half. The Lions dealt with foul trouble the entire game, as they had 3 players foul-out and 2 players ended the game with 4 personal fouls. The Panthers edge at the free-throw line was too much for the Lions to overcome. 

The point guards led the way for the Lions as Finley ended the game with 21 points and back-up point guard Jordan Henry added 20 off the bench to continue his stellar offensive play of late.

The Lions will play host to Earlham College (2-22, 1-16 HCAC) Saturday with the tip scheduled for 3 p.m. It will be the final regular season home game for Joel Scudder, Femi Thompson and Travis Combs. The seniors will be recognized in a pregame ceremony.