CINCINNATI, Ohio-- The Mount St. Joseph men's basketball team handed the no. 9 ranked team in the nation their first loss of the season on Sunday. The Lions shot an absolutely blistering 70.4 percent in the game, including making 57.1 percent of their three-point attempts. The outstanding offensive effort helped the Lions secure a 96-74 victory.
Mount St. Joseph sophomore guard Adam Goetz (Erlanger, KY/St. Henry) led the way for the Lions offensively with a team- high 20 points, going 9 of 10 on his field goal attempts. Goetz also pitched in on the glass with five rebounds and distributed the ball as well, dishing out a game-high eight assists. Three other Lions were in double-figures in the win, Andrew Finley (Cincinnati, OH/Walnut Hills), Jake Cropper (Georgetown, OH/Georgetown) and Erik Edwards (Cincinnati, OH/Roger Bacon). Finley had 17 points, Cropper had 13 and Edwards added 10. The Mount also got outstanding bench production in this one, getting 33 points from their reserves, led by Cam Stewart (Wilmington, OH/Wilmington) who had nine points going 3 for 3 from behind the three-point line.
The Lions jumped out to a quick lead in the game outscoring WashU 20-10 over the opening 7:01 of the game. They shared the ball very well early assisting on five of their first seven made field goals. The Bears would do everything they could to get back into the game but the Lions lead hovered around 10 for the majority of the first half. That was until The Mount closed the half on a 12-2 run to take a 55-35 lead into the break.
The Mount opened the second half quick as well scoring the first two baskets pushing their lead to a game-high 24 points just 2:00 into the half, the second basket coming on a Finley layup. The Lions continued their torrid offensive pace shooting 61.5 percent in the second half, and shooting 44.4 percent from three. Besides the outstanding shooting effort the Lions were also very protective of the basketball, only committing 7 turnover for the game.
The Lions will return to the court next Saturday, as the open up Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. They will welcome the Spartans of Manchester College into the Harrington Center, the game is scheduled to tip at 5:00 PM.