Location: Franklin, Indiana (Spurlock Center)
The Mount St. Joseph men's basketball (10-3, 5-1 HCAC) team traveled to Franklin, Indiana to take on the Grizzlies in an HCAC match-up. The Lions would come back from a halftime deficit to secure the win with a dominant second half performance.
How it happened:
The Lions would find themselves down early as Franklin would jump out to a 6-0 lead minutes into the game. The remainder of the first half the Lions would fight to just keep themselves within striking distance of the Grizzlies. The Mount struggled to find their offensive groove in the first half, but would be able to tie the score at 11 seven minutes into play. The score would remain tight over the next few minutes and would be tied at 17 exactly half way through the first 20 minutes. From there though the Grizzlies would go on a 19-7 run, getting to their largest lead of the game a 12 point cushion. The Lions would fight hard over the final four plus minutes to cut the halftime deficit to 6. Franklin would take a 46-40 lead into the break.
The second half of play would be much more fruitful for the Mount. The Lions would open the second half with an 8-2 run to tie the scoring again. After Franklin briefly regained the lead at 50-48 the Lions would go on another run. A 15-3 scoring run would put the Lions ahead to stay. Most of the heavy lifting in the second half was done by freshman Adam Goetz (Erlanger, KY/ St. Henry) and junior Andrew Finley (Cincinnati, OH/ Walnut Hills). Goetz would score 14 of his career high 28 points in the second half, and Finley would add 12 of his 15 points in the second half. The Lions never relinquished control off the game after the run, finishing off the 86-74 victory.
Goetz continued his outstanding freshman campaign by scoring a career high 28 points to go along with 5 assists and 2 rebounds.
Jake Cropper chipped a career high as well with 17 points off the bench, to go along with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steal. He helped the Lions to a 24-14 advantage in bench scoring.
Two other Lions scored in double figures as Finley added 15, and Erik Edwards (Cincinnati, OH/ Roger Bacon) had 13 points respectively.
The Lions will travel on Wednesday to Madison, Indiana to take on the Panthers of Hanover College (11-1, 6-0 HCAC). This game will pit the two teams at the top of the HCAC standings against one another for the first time this season. The game is scheduled to tip at 7:30 PM, follow all the action on msjsports.com .