Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Holds Off Pitt-Greenburg For Victory In Home Opener

Nate Jacubec (Photo by Ryan Baker)

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Sophomore guard Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) scored a game high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds, as Mount Union's men's basketball team defeated Pitt-Greensburg 81-70 in a non-conference matchup, Tuesday evening Nov. 20 in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

Mount Union improves its record to 1-2 overall while Pitt-Greensburg falls to 2-1. 

Freshman Jarrett Ruffin (Northfield/Nordonia) had 11 points and freshman Cody Dillon (Newton Falls/Newton Falls) scored 10 to round out the double digit scorers for the Raiders, while David Palmer had 15 to lead the Bobcats.  

Dylan Reigel hit the game's first basket to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead, which would be their only lead of the game. Ruffin excited the crowd at the 16:32 mark, when he took a Jacubec pass and slammed a dunk to give the Raiders an 8-4 lead. The Raiders extended the lead to 14, and took a 41-27 lead into the locker room at halftime. 

Mount Union took its biggest lead of the game at the 14:35 mark of the second half, when Freshman Kyle Scelza (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) hit a three pointer to put the Raiders up 54-36.

The Bobcats made a late charge to cut the lead to six with 1:30 left in the second half, when Palmer scored a layup make the score 74-68. 

The Raiders scored seven of the final nine points of the game for the 11 point victory. 

Mount Union takes to the road in its next game, when it travels to Hiram Saturday (Nov. 24) for a 3:00 p.m. tipoff

Pitt-Greensburg vs Mount Union
11/20/12 8:00 pm at Alliance, Ohio - MAAC
At Alliance, Ohio - MAAC
MOUNT UNION 81, PITT-GREENSBURG 70
PITT-GREENSBURG (2-1)
Palmer David 6-11 2-2 15; Witkowski Brock 6-14 2-2 14; Pearson Mike 5-9 4-6
14; Shannon Jarrett 2-3 0-0 6; Reigel Dylan 2-4 0-0 5; Heinle Brian 1-4 3-4
5; Contristano Rocco 2-5 0-0 4; Figueroa Jerell 1-4 0-0 3; Papini Anthony
1-5 0-0 3; Connelly Mike 0-3 1-2 1; Hearty Steve 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-63
12-16 70.
MOUNT UNION (1-2)
Nate Jacubec 6-13 3-3 19; Kyle Scelza 4-8 2-2 14; Taylor Moore 4-9 4-4 12;
Jarrett Ruffin 4-8 2-5 11; Cody Dillon 3-7 1-3 10; Justen Little 0-2 6-7 6;
Matt Kiger 3-6 0-0 6; Evan Keeslar 1-2 1-2 3; Tyler Fausnight 0-0 0-0 0;
T.J. Gillespie 0-0 0-0 0; Jimmy Darnley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-55 19-26 81.
Pitt-Greensburg...............   27   43  -   70
Mount Union...................   41   40  -   81
3-point goals--Pitt-Greensburg 6-21 (Shannon Jarrett 2-2; Papini Anthony
1-3; Figueroa Jerell 1-2; Palmer David 1-1; Reigel Dylan 1-3; Connelly Mike
0-3; Contristano Rocco 0-2; Heinle Brian 0-1; Witkowski Brock 0-4), Mount
Union 12-25 (Kyle Scelza 4-8; Nate Jacubec 4-8; Cody Dillon 3-6; Jarrett
Ruffin 1-1; Evan Keeslar 0-1; Justen Little 0-1). Fouled
out--Pitt-Greensburg-Figueroa Jerell, Mount Union-None.
Rebounds--Pitt-Greensburg 38 (Palmer David 7; Witkowski Brock 7), Mount
Union 35 (Taylor Moore 10). Assists--Pitt-Greensburg 11 (Papini Anthony 3),
Mount Union 20 (Justen Little 7). Total fouls--Pitt-Greensburg 19, Mount
Union 13. Technical fouls--Pitt-Greensburg-None, Mount Union-None. A-654



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