Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Slow Start Costs Cougars in 89-77 Loss at
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MISHAWAKA, Ind. (1-3-2012) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University men's basketball
team dug itself an early hole and was never
able to recover as the Cougars fell 89-77 at
Bethel (Ind.) College in Mid-Central College
Conference action in Wiekamp Arena on
The host Pilots (11-5,
2-2 MCC) jumped out to a quick 19-5 lead
over the first eight minutes as MVNU (6-10,
0-4 MCC) went just 2-for-10 from the field,
committed three turnovers, and even hit just
one of two attempts from the free throw
Bethel's lead grew to as much
as 34-12 with 8:23 left before the break.
Then, the Cougars began to chip away at the
lead as MVNU used a 13-3 run to close the
gap to 37-25 with 3:17 to play in the half.
Unfortunately for the Cougars, the
Pilots answered with seven straight points
before settling for a 46-30 halftime lead.
Sophomore wing Austin Semple led MVNU
with nine first-half points, while junior
guard Ben Severns added seven points. The
Cougars shot 42.9 percent from the field
(12-for-28), 28.6 percent from 3-point range
(2-for-7), and 66.7 percent from the free
throw line (4-for-6).
drained 14 points with a trio of treys to
pace Bethel in the first half, while Ryan
Benner tossed in 12 points. The Pilots shot
47.1 percent from the field (16-for-34),
66.7 percent from 3-point range (8-for-12),
and 75 percent from the free throw line
In the second half,
Bethel's lead remained in double digits as
the closest that MVNU could get was 67-57
with 7:56 remaining on a pair of free throws
by senior guard Robbie Taylor.
Trailing 82-67 with 1:40 to go, the Cougars
made one last comeback bid as a 3-pointer
each by Taylor and senior forward Danil
Zakhlebnyy along with a jumper by sophomore
wing Matt Anglea pulled MVNU within 82-75
with 46 seconds remaining.
point on, Bethel connected on 5-of-6 free
throws and added a jumper to post the 89-77
Zakhlebnyy led all five
starters in double figures for the Cougars
as he finished with 19 points and nine
rebounds. Semple added 14 points, sophomore
post Caleb Williams contributed 13 points,
and Taylor and Severns each tossed in 10
points apiece. Anglea was also a pleasant
surprise off the bench as he totaled seven
points and a game-high 10 rebounds. MVNU
shot 41.5 percent from the field
(27-for-65), 27.8 percent from beyond the
3-point arc (5-for-18), and 69.2 percent
from the free throw line (18-for-26).
Miller and Benner both finished with 19
points apiece for the Pilots as they
combined to go 7-for-12 from 3-point range.
Landon Booker and Michael Mislan also
contributed 13 and 10 points respectively.
Bethel shot 44.9 percent from the field
(31-for-69), 60 percent from 3-point range
(12-for-20), and 55.6 percent from the free
throw line (15-for-27).
a good team at home and did a good job of
creating chaos at our end of the floor,"
said MVNU coach Matt Moore. "Matt (Anglea)
did a great job for us off the bench, but we
continue to fight an up-hill battle because
of the number of turnovers that we have.
Thursday is another opportunity."
Cougars will return to action on Thursday at
home against Huntington (Ind.) University at