|Mount Vernon Nazarene Col 19-12||28||28||56|
|University of Saint Franc 22-9||34||34||68|
|Feb. 22, 2017|
|Fort Wayne, IN|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene Col||Indv. Leaders||University of Saint Franc|
|2 Players (#20,#23) - 12||Points||#4 Kegan Comer - 18|
|#44 Emmett Fraley - 5||Rebounds||#23 Bryce Lienhoop - 9|
|#10 Jacob Paul - 2||Assists||2 Players (#4,#23) - 5|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene Col||Team Statistics||University of Saint Franc|
|45.8% (22 - 48)||Field Goals %||46.3% (25 - 54)|
|46.7% (7 - 15)||3 Point Field Goals %||42.9% (9 - 21)|
|83.3% (5 - 6)||Free Throws||81.8% (9 - 11)|
|3||2nd Chance Pts||16|
FORT WAYNE, IN – The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men's basketball team fell to the University of Saint Francis Wednesday evening in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League conference tournament.
· Final Score: MVNU 56, USF 68
· Records: MVNU 19-12 (8-10), USF 22-9 (11-7)
· Brett Vipperman (SO/Mansfield, OH)- 12 points, 3 rebounds
· Deontae Cole (SR/Toledo, OH)- 12 points, 2 rebounds
· Jacob Paul (FR/Canton, OH)- 11 points, 2 assists
· The matchup between MVNU and USF started in a defensive battle with only 30 total points allowed between both teams eleven minutes into the contest.
· USF was able to take a seven-point lead with seven minutes left in the first half, but MVNU would rally with an 8-2 run to pull within one.
· USF would respond, but Brett Vipperman would give MVNU momentum going into halftime with a fade-away buzzer beater, as MVNU would trail 28-34 at the intermission.
· USF would contain a two possession lead the first nine minutes in the second half until senior Deontae Cole would explode with back to back treys to pull MVNU within one, 45-46.
· The game would be neck and neck for the next four minutes when USF would extend the lead and finish the contest.
· MVNU shot 45.8% from the floor and 46.7% from three in the contest. Both teams would tally 28 points in the paint.
· Saint Francis would have strong performances from Keegan Comer (18 points, 5 assists) and Connor Lautzenheiser (14 points).
MVNU will conclude their season at 19-12 with the most regular season wins since the 2008-09 season. The 2016-17 Cougars also tallied five wins against top 25 ranked opponents during the course of the season.
POSTGAME WITH COACH RONAI
"So proud of our men tonight and this entire season. They battled, competed, and fought every single day to be the best they could be. Someone went down with an injury and the next man stepped up. They committed themselves to a process driven culture and I can't thank them enough for that commitment. My heart hurts for Josh, Pat, and Deontae as their careers here at MVNU has ended. They have much to be proud of as they helped lay the foundation of our culture and success. It was an honor to coach this group of young men."