GOSHEN, Ind. — The beat goes on for the No.15 MVNU men’s basketball team (8-0, 1-0), as the first game of Crossroads League play proves to be more of the same. The Cougars comfortably dispatched of Goshen College (1-7, 0-1) 92-77 Tuesday night.
Keys to the Game
• Tied at 23 apiece with 10:25 left in the first half, the Cougars closed the half on a 20-6 run. This proved to be the difference, as Goshen would never cut the deficit below 10 the rest of the way.
• The Cougars were able to overcome a -7 turnover disparity by dominating the rebound battle 37-22.
• 6 different Cougars reached double figures in scoring, with Jevon Knox putting in a game high 26.
• MVNU used great shot selection to their advantage, and was able to translate that into 33-55 from the field (60%).
• The hot shooting transferred to the free throw line, as the team went 22-28 (78.6%).
• Jordi Mas’ 15 points off the bench helped the team to not skip a beat as fouls started to mount.
• The Cougars were able to hold Goshen’s biggest threat, Demarkus Stuckey (25.5 ppg) right at his season avg. with 25 points. However, he had to work hard for those points, shooting only 10-23 from the floor, including 0-6 on three point attempts.
Notable Player Statistics
Jevon Knox: 26 points, 4 rebounds; Jordi Mas: 15 points, 3 rebounds; Brett Vipperman: 14 points, 8 rebounds; Jacob Paul: 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists; Austin Jones: 12 points, 6 rebounds; Jeremiah Roberts 10 points, 5 rebounds
“It’s always good to win on the road in the Crossroads League,” coach Jared Ronai said. “Goshen is a difficult place to play and our guys did a good job persevering in different moments. We’re looking forward to a restful Thanksgiving with family these next few days.”
No.15 MVNU will head home for what looks to be the biggest game of the year. The Cougars welcome the No.1 ranked Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats (9-1, 1-0) to Ariel Arena Tuesday at 7 p.m.