DEFIANCE, Ohio- The Mount St. Joseph men's basketball team traveled north to take on Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Defiance College. As with any road conference contest, this would be a tough game for the Lions.
Both teams would see their offenses sputter throughout much of the first half. The Lions would shoot a respectable 40.0 percent in the first half, but were an abysmal 0 for 7 from behind the three point line. The Lions would be able to stay in the game with an outstanding defensive effort in the first half holding the Yellow Jackets to 29.6 percent shooting.
The Lions were led offensively in the first half by Jordan Henry (Lexington, KY/ Bryan Station) as he scored 7 of his team high 16 points in the first half. Jake Cropper (Georgetown, OH/ Georgetown) pitched in six points off the bench. The stifling defense along with a solid showing from the free throw line (6 of 7) helped the Lions to secure a 26-20 halftime lead.
The Lions would open the second half on an 8-2 run pushing their lead to 12. Defiance would try to chip away at the lead but the Lions would have an answer each time. Much like in the first half the Lions would do much of their damage from the charity stripe. The scored 12 of their 36 second half points from the free throw line, shooting 80 percent for the half.
This game was far from the Lions top offensive showing of the season. They were able to shoot a respectable 42.9 percent from the field, but struggled mightily from three point range only making 2 of 14 attempts (14.3 percent). They held a huge advantage from the free throw line in the game going 18-22 (81.8 percent), while only sending Defiance to the line three times.
The Lions (12-4, 7-2 HCAC) will take to the court again Wednesday night, as they travel to take on the Beavers of Bluffton. The game is schedule to get underway at 7:30 PM with live coverage available at MSJsports.com