Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Cougars Suffer First Loss of the Season
at No. 21 Indiana East
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
RICHMOND, Ind. (11-8-2011) - After getting
off to a 3-0 start to the 2011-2012 season,
the Mount Vernon Nazarene University men's
basketball team ran into a speed bump on
Tuesday night in the form of NAIA Division
II No. 21 Indiana University East as the
Cougars fell 97-73 in a non-conference game
at the Tiernan Center.
got off to a great start in the game as the
Cougars nailed seven of their first 11
3-point attempts to jump out to an early
21-11 lead. However, over the next 17
minutes to end the first half and start the
second half, the host Red Wolves (3-1) used
a 64-19 run to build a commanding 75-40 lead
and never looked back.
MVNU was led
by senior guard Robbie Taylor
(left), who finished with a
game-high 21 points. He nailed his fifth and
final 3-pointer of the game with 40 seconds
remaining to become the 33rd player in
school history to reach the 1,000-point
mark. Ironically, he accomplished the feat
on his 21st birthday. Junior guards Ben
Severns and Bryce Barnes also finished with
20 points apiece with Severns nailing five
treys and Barnes adding three of his own.
Severns also tied for game-high honors by
grabbing six rebounds.
shot 42.1 percent from the field
(24-for-57), 46.7 percent from 3-point range
(14-for-30), and 61.1 percent from the free
throw line (11-for-18). MVNU was
out-rebounded 46-29 and committed 19
turnovers that led to a 28-8 advantage for
Indiana East in points off turnovers.
Marcus Isaac led the Red Wolves with 20
points as he set an Indiana East school
record by going 8-of-8 from the field,
3-for-3 from 3-point range, and 1-for-1 at
the free throw line. Cody Banet, Bakari
Smith, and Tyler Fangman each added 10
points apiece. The Red Wolves shot 50.7
percent from the field for the game
(37-for-73), 44.4 percent from 3-point range
(8-for-18), and 71.4 percent from the free
throw line (15-for-21).
"We got into
a really nice rhythm offensively early on,"
said MVNU coach Matt Moore. "Then, fatigue
began to settle in and our shots stopped
falling. Danil (Zakhlebnyy) also got into
foul trouble, which hurt us. They forced us
farther out and we were settling for jump
shots instead of attacking the basket. Their
transition also really hurt us."
"We'll get back to work in practice to get
ready for Saturday's Homecoming game," Moore
added. "We've played really well at home and
we'll look to continue that this weekend."
The Cougars will return to action on
Saturday at 3 p.m. when they will host the
University of Michigan-Dearborn in the
second half of the annual Homecoming
doubleheader. The MVNU women's basketball
team will square off with Wilberforce
University in the first game at 1 p.m.