GAME PREVIEW - Mount Union Heads To Michigan To Take On Adrian

Sophomore Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) leads the Raiders with 17.0 ppg,6.3 rpg, and 4.0 apg
Sophomore Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) leads the Raiders with 17.0 ppg,6.3 rpg, and 4.0 apg

Mount Union (1-3) takes to the road for its farthest non-conference road game of the season, Wednesday (Nov. 28) when it takes on Adrian College (Mich) at the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 pm.

 The Purple Raiders traveled to Hiram to take on the Terriers in their last game (Sat. Nov 24), but came out on the short end falling 93-84. Freshman Jarrett Ruffin (Northfield/Nordonia) led the way for the Raiders with 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds, which were both season-highs for Ruffin.

Sophomore Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) had 19 points for the second straight game, and has scored double figures in all four games this season. 

Adrian has a perfect 4-0 record on the season with wins over Otterbein (61-49), at No. 13 Wooster (57-56), at Siena Heights 62-40 and at Marygrove in its last game (80-55). 

The Bulldogs are part of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Assoication and last season had a 17-9 record and advanced to their conference final where they were defeated by Hope 65-62 (OT). 

Eric Lewis leads the Bulldogs with 19.0 points and 2.5 steals, is tied for the team lead with 6.8 rebounds.

Team Stats   Mount Union      Adrian
Points per game 74.8 65
Points Allowed per game 77.8 50
Field Goal % 41.7 37.7
3 Point % 40.5 37.5
Free throw % 73.4 73.1
Rebounds 39.0 44.8
Assists 15.8 9.3
Turnovers 12.5 13


Mike Fuline (Kent State '98) is 13-18 in his second season as head coach at Mount Union after a successful career at the high school level that included winning the 2010 OHSAA Division I State Championship at Massillon Jackson. 

Mark White (Adrian College '88) is 49-34 in his fourth season as head coach, and has led the Bulldogs to 45 wins the past three seasons. 

Nate Jacubec - So., 5-11, G, Struthers/Struthers

Has started all four games this season

Leads team in scoring (17.3), rebounds (6.3), and assists (4.0)

Season-high 19 points vs. Pitt-Greensburg (11/20/12) and at Hiram (11/24/12)

Season-high/Career-high 10 rebounds at Westminster (11/16/12)

2012 OAC Freshman of the Year

2012 Buzz Ridl All-Tournament Team

Career-high 21 points at Otterbein (1/21/12) and at John Carroll (1/25/12)

Career-high 5 three-pointers at John Carroll (1/25/12) and at Hiram (11/24/12)

Career-high 7 assists at Hiram (11/24/12)

Taylor Moore - Fr., 6-6, F, North Canton/Hoover

Has played in all four games with one start (vs. Thiel)

Second on the team in rebounding (5.5)

Had first double-double with season/career-high 12 points and 10 rebounds vs Pitt-Greensburg (11/20/12)

Kyle Scelza - Fr., 6-1, G, Stow/Stow

Has come off the bench in all three games

Second on the team in scoring (11.2 ppg)

Tied for team lead in three-pointers made (9)

Season-high/Career-high 16 points at Hiram (11/24/12)

Season-high/Career-high 6 rebounds and 4 assists vs Pitt- Greensburg (11/20/12)

Season-high/Career-high 4 three-pointers vs Pitt-Greensburg (11/20/12) and at Hiram (11/24/12)

Jarrett Ruffin - Fr., 6-6, F, Northfield/Nordonia

Has started two games this season

First on the team in blocks (1.3 bpg)

Third on the team in scoring (10.2 ppg)

Season-high/Career-high20 points and 8 rebounds at Hiram (11/24/12)

Matt Kiger - Sr., 6-5, F, Williamstown, W.Va./Williamstown

Has played in all four games with one start (vs. Pitt-Greensburg)

Leads team in field goal percentage (.727)

Season-high 19 points and 7 rebounds vs. Thiel (11/16/12)

Career-high 20 points at Otterbein (12/4/10) and vs. Waynesburg (12/30/10)

Career-high 9 rebounds vs. Waynesburg (12/30/10)

Justen Little - Sr., 5-10, G, Galion/Galion

Has started all four games this season

Second on the team in assists (3.5 apg)

Season-high 6 points and 7 assists vs Pitt-Greensburg (11/20/12)

Career-high 15 points at Heidelberg (2/18/12)

Career-high 7 rebounds at Ohio Northern (1/7/12)

Career-high 7 assists three times last vs Pitt-Greensburg (11/20/12)

Jimmy Darnley - Jr., 6-5, F, Canton/GlenOak

Has played in four games with three starts

Season-high 3 points vs Westminster (11/16/12)

Season-high/Career-high 8 rebounds vs Westminster (11/17/12)

Career-high 5 points at Ohio Northern (2/12/11)

Cody Dillon - Fr., 6-4, G, Newton Falls/Newton Falls

Has started all four games this season

Third on the team in scoring (10.3)

First on the team in free throw attempts ( 3.5 attempts/game)

Season-high/Career-high 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists vs Thiel (11/17/12)

Evan Keeslar - Fr., 6-3, G, Uniontown/Green

Has come off the bench in four games this season

Season-high/Career-high 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists at Hiram (11/24/12)

T.J. Gillespie - Jr., 5-11, G, Toledo/Toledo St. John's

Has come off the bench in two games this season

Career-high 20 points vs. Ohio Northern (1/8/11)

Career-high 5 assists vs. Otterbein (1/22/11)

Jerrod Lane - Jr., 6-6, F, North Canton/Hoover

Has come off the bench in three games this season

Season-high 3 points and 3 rebounds at Westminster (11/16/12)