ANDERSON — Mount St. Joseph’s offensive system of cutting toward the basket in waves produced easy shots against the Anderson University defense and the Lions won the HCAC contest 90-67 Wednesday.
The victory left the visitors with a 10-5 record overall and a 7-2 slate in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. AU drops to 3-13 and 3-6.
The Lions were fond of doing back door cuts from the 3-point line and often had another cutter coming in behind the first. When the Ravens did manage to cover the first man through, the second one was often able to get a layup.
As a result, the winners had a 42-16 edge in points from the paint and that was within three points of the final margin on the scoreboard. Mount St. Joseph had 26 points in the lane at halftime and that exactly match Anderson’s total points at intermission.
The Lions put four players in double figures including a game-high of 22 points from Femi Thompson who played 22 minutes off the bench.
Mark Allen scored 18 followed by 16 from Joel Scudder and 14 from Andy Countryman.
Mount St. Joseph held a 31-22 rebound advantage with Allen and Countryman getting six apiece.
Anderson had only one player score in double figures. Scott Schwieterman, a freshman from Jay County, scored 11 points. Max Mollaun had nine with Nathaniel Acree and Isaac Loechle each scoring eight. Schwieterman topped the AU rebounders with four.
After Mollaun hit a 3-pointer to give the Ravens a lead of 5-3 just a second over a minute into the game, the Lions answered by scoring 16 of the next 17 points. The only Raven to step into that spurt was Schwieterman, who hit a free throw to make it 11-6.
Anderson had just one run in it for the second half.
Zach Ladd, a freshman from Indianapolis Washington, hit a 3-pointer less than three minutes into the second half to make the score 49-37. Acree hit a fielder less than a minute later to again get the home team within a dozen points at 51-39.
The Lions scored the next six points and the Ravens never again got as close.
Anderson’s best offense was the 3-point shot. AU took 24 of them, nearly half of its field goal attempts, and hit 11 of them fort 46 percent.
The Ravens will next play on Saturday at Bluffton. The next home game is Feb. 5 against Defiance.