CINCINNATI, Ohio-- Mount St. Joseph welcomed the Ravens of Anderson University and their potent offensive attack into the Harrington Center for an HCAC battle on Saturday. The Lions utilized their stifling defense and an efficient offensive effort to secure an 80-58 victory. With the win the Lions remain alone atop the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings.
Andrew Finley (Cincinnati, OH/Walnut Hills) led the offensive charge for the Lions. Finley scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting (53.3 percent) from the field.
The action was tight early, as the teams exchanged leads four times over the first five-plus minutes of the game. An Erik Edwards (Cincinnati, OH/Roger Bacon) spinning layup with 16:48 to play gave the Lions a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way. A 13-3 run over the next four-plus minutes would give the Lions control of the game, and Anderson would spend the rest of the game trying to get back into the game. The Mount shot an outstanding 62.1 percent (18-of-29) from the field in the first half, while holding the Ravens to just 36.1 percent shooting. They would take a commanding 44-28 lead into the break.
It would be much of the same for the Lions in the second half. The Ravens would fight valiantly to get back into the game. Every time Anderson made a run though, The Mount would answer with one of their own. The Lions were very balanced in the second half as nine players were able to score the basketball. For the game The Mount made 54.5 percent of their shots and were able to hold the Ravens to just 40.4 percent. This all added up to an 80-58 win for the first-place Lions.
Joining Finley in double figures was Jordan Henry (Lexington, KY/Bryan Station) with 13 points, he added a team-high 7 rebounds. Edwards also was in double-figures with 12 points adding 4 rebounds. Cameron Stewart (Wilmington, OH/Wilmington) had a solid game off the bench with nine points, four rebounds and a career-high five assists.
The Lions will return to the court on Wednesday as the welcome one of the teams tied for second place in the HCAC into the Harrington Center. The Fightin' Engineers of Rose-Hulman travel to Cincinnati for a 7:30 PM tip-off.