M. BASKETBALL AT CAPITAL

Men's Basketball narrowly falls to Mount Union

Men's Basketball narrowly falls to Mount Union
The Muskingum men's basketball team narrowly fell to Mount Union on Wednesday night, 83-80.
 
The Basics 
  • Records: Muskingum (6-8 overall, 2-5 OAC), Mount Union (12-2 overall, 6-1 OAC)
  • Location: Alliance, Ohio
Inside the Numbers 
  • Sophomore Mitch Clark led the Muskies' offense with 23 points and pulled down four rebounds. 
  • Junior Cameron Miller notched 17 points and hauled in six rebounds.
  • Senior Jayson Peoples tallied 14 points.
  • Senior Devon Peart added 13 points and four rebounds.
  • As a team, the Muskies went 28-for-52 (53.8%) from the field and 12-for-25 from the arc (48.0%).
  • D'Vontay Friga led Mount Union's offense with 24 points while Diallo Niamke put up 14 points.  
  • Mount Union made 54.7% of their shots (35-for-64), went 8-for-21 from the arc (38.1%), and ended the contest shooting 5-for-9 from the free-throw line (55.6%).
Game Highlights 
  • In the first seven minutes, the teams traded baskets with neither squad leading by more than five points. Then, freshman Trey Singleton hit a jumper to put Muskingum up (19-13) with 12:55 left in the half. The Muskies went on to gain a 10-point edge (28-18) when Miller sank a triple at the 10:26 juncture. Mount Union retaliated by scoring eight unanswered points to make it 28-26 with 8:11 on the clock. Muskingum followed with an 8-2 span after sophomore Tyler Bardall drained a bucket at the 6:07 mark, increasing their lead to eight points (36-28). The Purple Raiders managed to outscore the Muskies (11-8) in the final six minutes of play, cutting the deficit to five points (44-39) at the break.
  • At the start of the second half, Clark knocked down two free throws which sparked a 7-3 burst for the Muskies, putting them up (51-42) at the 17:52 mark. Over the following three minutes, Mount Union answered by outscoring Muskingum (10-5), making it 56-52. Bardall halted the Purple Raiders' momentum when he landed a shot from three-point range at the 13:46 juncture, pushing the Muskies ahead by seven points (59-52). Both teams tallied seven points during the next three minutes of play, bringing the score to 66-59. Mount Union chipped away at Muskingum's lead and sliced the difference to one point (77-76) at the 2:07 juncture. The Purple Raiders slid past the Muskies when Friga hit a three-pointer with four seconds left in the game, securing an 83-80 victory.

Up Next 
  • Muskingum next hosts Heidelberg on Saturday, January 12. Game time is slated for 4:00 p.m.