CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Mount St. Joseph men's basketball team took on the Quakers of Wilmington College, during the second day of action in the MSJ Tip Off Classic. The Lions continued their solid offensive performance from the night before, but again were beaten in large part due to a disparity on the glass. The Quakers outrebounded the Lions 38-22 in total, and was able to pull in 15 offensive boards. This disparity again led to their opponent getting more than 10 extra field goal opportunities, and double-digit second chance points.
Going into this game coach Carrigan tinkered with his lineup, moving freshman Kade Badger (Henryville, Ind./Henryville) into the starting lineup. A move paid that off as the freshman had a solid game, finishing with seven points, four rebounds, three assists and a block. Sophomore Joel Day (Cold Springs, Ky./Campbell County) had an outstanding game in his second consecutive start, scoring a team-high 16 points, while dishing out six assists against only one turnover. Another bright spot for the Lions was Sammy Robbins (Linton, Ind./Linton-Stockton) who scored 10 points and grabbed four boards off the bench.
The Lions continued to be outstanding from the free-throw line in this game, going 21-of-23. Which pushes their season total to 39-of-43 (90.7 percent).
The game was nip and tuck through the early going, with the Lions leading by as many as five points in the game's first 10 minutes. They trailed by just two points when sophomore Devin Young (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) was forced to the bench after picking up his second foul with 8:54 to play. From that point Wilmington closed the half on a 15-7 run, to take a 41-33 advantage into the break.
A quick 10-4 run to open the second half for the Quakers put them ahead for good. The closest they got the rest of the way was a nine-point deficit. Every time the Lions pushed to get back into the game, Wilmington would answer. The final score would wind up at 83-69 in favor of the Quakers.
UP NEXT: The Mount will travel to Marietta, Ohio to take part in the Marietta College Shrine Tournament. In game one, the Lions will square off with the Redhawks of La Roche University. The game will be the season opener for the Redhawks, who were picked to win their league, in the preseason coaches' poll. The winner of the Lions vs. Redhawks matchup on Friday will take on the winner of #18 Marietta and Eastern Mennonite. Friday night's game is scheduled to get underway at 6:00 PM, and all of your live game coverage can be found at MSJsports.com