CINCINNATI, OHIO – Manchester University highlighted its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game of 2015 with a strong second half effort Saturday, Jan. 3.
The Spartans hit better than 42 percent from the field and outside the arc while holding Mt. St. Joseph University of Ohio to under 35 percent overall and only 16.7 percent from outside the arc over the final 20 minutes. Unfortunately, a 20-2 run for the host Lions (8-3 overall, 3-1 HCAC), after the Black and Gold hit a trey on their first possession, over the opening 10 minutes of the first half got the hosts on their way to a 72-47 victory.
MU (2-9 overall, 1-3 HCAC) was led by the play of junior forward Matt Brown (Hobart, Ind.). Brown, wrapping up a two-game week in which he average 19.5 points and seven and a half rebounds, totaled 16 points and grabbed four rebounds. Sophomore guard Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.) was just off double-figure points, tallying eight to go with two steals.
The Black and Gold return to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena Wednesday, Jan. 7. Franklin College visits North Manchester for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.
NOTES: Brown's 16-point effort marked his sixth double-digit total of the season and ninth of his MU career. He continued a run of converting at least one three-point basket in his last 10 appearances … MSJ placed five players in double-figure scoring to key the win.