Location: Cincinnati, OH (Harrington Center)
The Mount St. Joseph University men's basketball team had a great showing against the Beavers of Bluffton. The Lions relied on a balanced scoring attack and an outstanding night on the glass to defeat Bluffton 79-49 to remain in second place in the HCAC.
How it happened:
The early portion of the game was tightly contested, the teams seemed to be evenly matched as the score remained close through the first ten minutes of play. At the midway point of the first half and Bluffton clinging to a 19-18 lead the Lions would go on a run that would find them in control of the action. The Lions would close the half on a 27-11 run to take a 15 point lead into the break. Jordan Henry (Lexington, KY/ Bryan Station) led the way during the run with 9 of his 12 first half points coming during this period.
The second half continued to be prosperous for the Lions. With the lead continuing to grow as the second twenty minutes were played. The Lions continued their balanced scoring attack as seven Lions were able to find the bottom of the basket in the second half. All told five Mount players were able to score double digit points in the game. The Lions were able to maintain control of the game down the stretch and come away with an impressive 79-49 victory.
Many players were instrumental in the Lions victory. With five players for The Mount scoring in double figures, and all of the starters scoring at least 9 points. Adam Goetz (Erlanger, KY/ St. Henry), and Erik Edwards (Cincinnati, OH/ Roger Bacon) led the way with 14 points, with Henry, Andrew Finley (Cincinnati, OH/ Walnut Hills), and Jake Cropper (Georgetown, OH/ Georgetown) all scoring in double figures. Coach Carrigan went deeper into the bench than usual with reserves Shaun Sullivan (Louisville, KY/ DeSales) and Conner Myslowski (Dayton, KY/ West Carrolton) seeing an uptick in minutes, as they have performed well in practice of late. This game was an all-around team win for the Lions.
The Lions will travel to Franklin College to continue conference play against another HCAC rival. The game is scheduled for a 3:00 PM tip on Saturday.