CRESTVIEW HILLS, Kentucky - The Mount St. Joseph University men's basketball team faced off with their cross river rival Thomas More on Saturday. They also faced off with new Thomas More head coach Justin Ray who spent six seasons at The Mount as an assistant to Toby Carrigan. The matchup did not go the Lions way though, as coach Ray's veteran laiden ball club defeated the Lions 78-47.
The Lions stuggled to get on track offensively from the opening tip in this one. Thomas More ran out of the gates on a 14-4 run and never really looked back. The lead hovered around 10 for the Saints for the much of the first half, but they closed with a 13-5 run to take a 37-19 lead into the break. The Lions shot just 33.3 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from behind the three-point line in the half, while Thomas More shot 57.1 and 42.9 percent respectively.
In the second half the Lions continued to fight but were never really able to get back into the game. Shaun Sullivan (Louisville, KY./DeSalles) led the way for the Lions with 16 points, no other Lion managed to score double-figures.
The Lions will take to the court again on Wednesday, January 2nd as they travel to take on the Beavers of Bluffton.