WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Mount St. Joseph University men's basketball team headed east to Washington, Pennsylvania to take on the President's of Washington and Jefferson College. The Lions jumped out to a big first-half lead, overcoming a big second-half surge by the President's to escape with a 64-57 win.
The Mount utilized two big first-half runs to help them carry a 12-point lead into the break. They put together runs of 9-0 and 12-0 over the first 20 minutes of action. Brady Thomas (Grove City, Ohio/Bishop Ready) led the way for The Mount in the first-half, scoring 12 of his team-high 16 in the first half. Tanner Clos (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell Co.) poured in all 10 of his points in the first half.
The first half was one of the most productive halves of basketball the Lions have played thus far this season. They shot the ball well going 17-of-30 (56.7 %) from the field and 7-for-17 (41.2%) from behind the arc. The 56.7 percent mark on field goal attempts was by far the Lions best mark in any half thus far this season.
Coming out of the half-time break the Lions made the first bucket of the half, extending their lead to a game-high 14 points. From their though the Presidents began to chip away at the lead, doing so with suffocating defensive effort. After one of their best offensive halves of the year, the Lions proceeded to score just 21 points in the second half. They struggled shooting the ball in the second-half, especially from three point range.
The President's climbed all the way back into the game, cutting the Lions lead down to three with just 1:53 left in the game. The Lions answered immediately though as Devin Young (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) connected from the right block to put them back up five. The teams then combined to commit turnovers on the game's next five possessions, with neither team able to score. With just 24 seconds left on the clock and trailing by five the President's were forced to foul, and freshman Peyton Meadors (McCordsville, Ind./Mount Vernon) was up to the task. Meadors drilled a pair of free-throws to put the game away for the Lions.
The Lions shared the ball extremely well in the game, registering an assist on 16 of their 25 made baskets. Meadors led the team with a career-high six assists against only one turnover.
Another place The Mount had a good game was on the backboards. This was the first game of the season where they outrebounded their opponent. The Lions won the rebounding battle 32-30, with Clos leading the team with 9 boards. Clos was just one rebound short of his first career double-double.
All told three Lions were in double figures in the scoring column, Thomas (16), Young (11) and Clos (10). Every player who played in the game scored at least two points for Coach Carrigan, with Reece Thomson (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) adding eight points off the bench.
UP NEXT: The Lions (2-5, 0-0 HCAC) open up Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a trip north to take on the Beavers of Bluffton (3-2, 0-0 HCAC), the game is scheduled to get underway at 7:30 PM. Tune into MSJsports.com for all of your live coverage of the 2019-20 Mount St. Joseph University men's basketball team.