CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Mount St. Joseph University placed four players in double figures and shot 49% from the field to earn a 72-60 victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
Mount St. Joseph retained a one-game lead in the HCAC standings at 14-7 overall and 11-3 in HCAC play. Rose-Hulman dropped to 12-9 and is tied for third in the league at 9-5 in conference play.
Joel Scudder led the balanced Mount St. Joseph offense with 19 points. Femi Thompson added 16 points, Andrew Finley scored 15 and Travis Combs pitched in 14 for the Lions.
Senior Dillon Reynolds and senior Jimmy Miller paced the Rose-Hulman offense with 14 points each. Reynolds finished 4-8 from the field and 6-6 on the free throw line, while Miller had four rebounds and was 6-9 from the field.
Other key Rose-Hulman contributors included freshman Luke Callahan with nine points and eight rebounds; freshman Charlie Aimone with eight points and four rebounds; senior Mitch Williams with a career-high eight points; and senior Tyler Duffy with four points and six rebounds.
Mount St. Joseph finished 8-23 from three-point range and shot 49% overall, while holding Rose-Hulman to just 2-9 from beyond the arc. The Lions led 28-26 at the half in a game that showcased teams that entered the game ranked first and second in the league standings.
In the second half, Mount St. Joseph used an 18-9 spurt to gain a 46-35 lead with 13:14 left. The lead reached as high as 17 points at 59-42 with 8:48 left.
Rose-Hulman would not go down without a battle, rallying with a 14-5 spurt over the next five minutes to close within eight points at 64-56. Mount St. Joseph relied on defense and solid free throw shooting down the stretch to secure the win.
Rose-Hulman returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Earlham College in the annual John Mutchner Cup Game at Hulbert Arena. The Fightin' Engineers and Quakers will vie for a trophy named for Rose-Hulman's former men's basketball coach and athletic director who was a standout student-athlete at Earlham. Mutchner is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at both institutions.