Lions fall to No. 21 Wooster in Al Van Wie Rotary Classic

Lions fall to No. 21 Wooster in Al Van Wie Rotary Classic

WOOSTER, Ohio - The Mount St. Joseph men's basketball team hit the road again on Saturday, traveling to Wooster, Ohio to take on the 21st-ranked College of Wooster Scots. Falling 84-54 in front of a near capacity crowd at Timken Gymnasium.

The Scots jumped out to a quick lead openning the game on an 11-2 run, that the Lions would be unable to come back from. The Lions deficit hovered around 10 points for much of the first half. The Lions clawed back to within 9-points at the 12:22 mark of the first half as Jake Cropper (Georgetown, Ohio/Georgetown) layed the ball in cutting the score to 18-9. This was the closest the game would be for the rest of the way. 

Freshman forward Devin Young (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) led the way offensively in the first half for the Lions with 11 points. The Lions struggled defensively in the first half allowing Wooster to shoot 60 percent from the field in the first half, and 50 percent from 3-point range. At the end of the first 20-minutes of play the Lions trailed 50-27. 

The second half was much better for The Mount. Cropper led the way offensively in the second half with 10 of his team-high 15 points coming in the final 20 minutes. They held Wooster to only 34 second half points, despite the fact that the Scots still shot better than 50 percent in the half. Cedric Woods (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) was big off the bench for the Lions scoring a career-high 14 points. 

The Lions will hit the court again after the Thanksgiving holiday, as they welcome Muskingum, North Park, and Waynesburg to the Harrington Center for the MSJ Tipoff Classic. On Saturday North Park and Muskingum will open the slate tipping off at 5:00 PM, The Lions will square off with Waynesburg at approximately 7:00 PM. On Sunday Waynesburg and Northpark open the day with a 1:00 PM tip, and the Lions and Muskingum will follow. All live coverage of the event will be available on msjsports.com.