Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Cougars Fall at Cedarville 79-56 in
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
CEDARVILLE, Ohio (11-15-2011) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University men's basketball
team got off to a slow start and never
recovered as the Cougars fell 79-56 in
non-conference action in the Callan Athletic
Center at Cedarville University on Tuesday
The Yellow Jackets (2-0) got a
pair of 3-pointers from Zach Brown and
another trey from Zimmy Nwogbo while the
Cougars (4-2) were going 0-for-3 from the
field and committing two turnovers as
Cedarville grabbed a quick 11-0 lead with
just over three minutes gone by.
began to chip away at the lead as senior
forward Danil Zakhlebnyy and sophomore post
Caleb Williams (left) both made a 3-pointer and
junior guard Bryce Barnes added six points
off the bench on a trey and a three-point
play as the Cougars pulled within 16-12 with
12:16 left in the half.
would prove to be as close as MVNU would get
as the Yellow Jackets finished the first
half on a 25-8 run to take a commanding
41-20 lead to the locker room at the break.
Barnes led the Cougars with nine
first-half points off the bench, while
Williams added five points and four
rebounds. MVNU shot just 26.1 percent from
the field (6-for-23), 27.3 percent from
3-point range (3-for-11), and 62.5 percent
from the free throw line.
closed the gap to 51-36 on a jumper by
Williams just five and a half minutes into
the second half as MVNU tried to rally.
The comeback was short-lived, though, as
Cedarville answered with a 22-8 run to take
command of the game with a 73-44 lead and
only 5:09 left in the contest. The Yellow
Jackets would go on to post the 79-56
Williams and senior guard
Robbie Taylor both scored 14 points to lead
the Cougars with Williams also grabbing a
team-high seven rebounds. Barnes also
finished with 11 points off the bench. MVNU
shot 34.7 percent from the field
(17-for-49), 38.1 percent from 3-point range
(8-for-21), and 63.6 percent from the free
throw line (14-for-22).
was led by Brian Hecker with 14 points,
while Nwogbo finished with 13 points and
nine rebounds. Brown and Daniel Hickman also
added 11 points apiece. The Yellow Jackets
held a 28-2 advantage in points in the
point, and they shot 48.3 percent from the
field (29-for-60), 35.7 percent from 3-point
range (10-for-28), and 91.7 percent from the
free throw line (11-for-12).
played a better team tonight," said MVNU
coach Matt Moore. "I thought we showed
pockets of great team basketball, but in
order to compete with elite teams you have
to be able to execute at both ends. Tonight,
we did not do that enough."
Cougars will be off the rest of this week as
they prepare for their Mid-Central College
Conference opener next Tuesday night when
NAIA No. 9 Grace (Ind.) College comes to the
Physical Education Center for a 7 p.m. tip.