Mount picks up third conference victoryBy Aaron Burgess, MSJ SID
CINCINNATI, OH -- Freshman guard Josh Lawrence (Logan) scored a season high 20 points to lead the College of Mount St. Joseph (14-3, 3-3) to an 82-68 victory over conference foe Bluffton College (9-8, 2-4) at the Harrington Center on Wednesday evening.
Lawrence's season high came on an evening when four other Lions scored in double digits including point guard Jarrett Young (Georgetown) who finished with 12 points. Joe Toney (Harrison) and Matt Hamilton ( Mississinawa Valley) both added 11 each while Jared Franz (Badin)contributed 10.
The Lions experienced a very good shooting night, something that has been absent for them of late. The Mount shot 32-64 from the field for an even 50% while making 14-16 from the charity stripe. Compare that to Bluffton's dismal 5-12 performance from the line and you have the tale of the tape for the evening.
The Lions strategy was to force the ball into the paint and bring Hamilton and Franz into play in the second half. "Although we failed to convert on some shots from the paint we did have spurts in which we reversed the ball and scored from inside," said Lions' coach Larry Cox following the game.
The Mount's pressure yielded 25 Beaver turnovers as the Lions collected 13 steals. "Our press wore them down tonight and even though they shot well we still were able to disrupt their half court game and create some havoc," added Cox. "It is important that we come out and apply solid pressure for forty minutes against any conference team."
One shining note for Bluffton was the performance of forward Jeremy Roberts who went 12-16 from the floor for 26 points.