Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Cougars Fall 79-56 at Streaking Saint
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (1-7-2012) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University men's basketball
team was outscored 47-25 in the second half
at the University of Saint Francis as the
host Cougars notched their eighth straight
win with a 79-56 Mid-Central College
Conference victory on Saturday afternoon.
first half went back and forth with MVNU
(6-12, 0-6 MCC) building an 18-12 lead
following a rebound and putback by sophomore
post Caleb Williams (left)
with 10:48 left before the break.
However, Saint Francis (13-5, 4-2 MCC)
responded with a 20-11 run to take a 32-29
before MVNU sophomore wing Austin Semple
made a basket just ahead of the halftime
buzzer to make it 32-21 as the teams went to
the locker rooms at the break.
forward Danil Zakhlebnyy led MVNU in scoring
with eight first-half points off the bench.
The Cougars shot 40 percent from the field
(12-for-30), 27.3 percent from 3-point range
(3-for-11), and 66.7 percent from the free
throw line (4-for-6).
was led by Q Owens with nine points, while
Ethan Hussey tossed in six points. The
Cougars shot 37 percent from the field
(10-for-27), 14.3 percent from 3-point range
(1-for-7), and 91.7 percent from the free
throw line (11-for-12).
the first five points of the second half to
take a 36-32 lead as Williams did all the
damage in the first 40 seconds of the final
Then, with the visiting
Cougars still leading 40-36, Saint Francis
went on a 34-7 run over a 10-minute stretch
to take control of the game 70-47 with 5:38
remaining. MVNU had scoreless stretches of
2:52 and 5:09 during this surge.
that point on, MVNU was unable to get the
deficit any less than 20 points the rest of
the way as Saint Francis posted the 79-56
Williams led MVNU with 14
points and seven rebounds, while sophomore
wing Matt Anglea added 11 points. Zakhlebnyy
finished with eight points as did Semple.
The visiting Cougars shot 37.7 percent from
the field (20-for-53), 25 percent from
3-point range (4-for-16), and 70.6 percent
from the free throw line (12-for-17).
Owens paced Saint Francis with 22 points
and seven rebounds, while Hussey contributed
13 points off the bench. The host Cougars
shot 48.1 percent from the field (26-for-54)
including 59.3 percent in the decisive
second half (16-for-27). They also went
3-for-13 from 3-point range (23.1 percent)
and 24-for-29 at the charity stripe (82.8
"We played a very sharp
first half and came out of halftime with a
good focus, but we were unable to sustain
our momentum," said MVNU coach Matt Moore.
"We are anxious to get back Tuesday to build
on the chances we had tonight."
Cougars will return to action on Tuesday
when MVNU will host Spring Arbor University
in another MCC contest that will tip off at