DEFIANCE, Ohio - - Sophomore Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) had 21 points including tying a career-high with five three pointers as Mount Union's men's basketball team cruised past Findlandia (Mich.), 105-82 Sunday in the consolation game of the Defiance Purple & Gold Tournament in Defiance, Ohio.
With the win, Mount Union improves to 5-7 overall while Finlandia has lost four-straight and falls to 4-11.
Jacubec was named to the all-tournament team and his five three's were part of a school-record 16 from beyond the arc for the Purple Raiders.
Sophomore guard Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) scored 15, freshman guard Kyle Scelza (Stow-Stow Monroe Falls) had 14, including four three-pointers, and freshman guard Taylor Moore (North Canton/ Hoover) added 11 to round out the double-digit scorers for the Raiders.
Dominic Morrow led the Lions with 16 points and eight rebounds.
In the victory, the Raiders also set season-highs in points (105), assists (22), free throws (25) and free throw percentage (92.6%).
Griffin hit a jumper in the paint at the 17:49 mark, as the Purple Raiders would start the game on a 7-0 run.
Keith Arnold got the Lions on the board at the 17:26 mark and made the score 7-2.
Griffin converted a layup and made the free-throw to convert the and-one play, which capped a 9-4 run by the Raiders and made the score 16-6.
Freshman Cody Dillon (Newton Falls/Newton Falls) nailed a fast break three-pointer to give the Raiders a 24 point lead at 37-13, which was their biggest lead of the half.
Dylan Schroeder hit a three-pointer on the fast break to cut the deficit 13 at 46-33, which would be the closest the Lions would get for the first half.
Junior guard T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/St. John's) hit a three-pointer with 1:06 remaining in the first half, as the Raiders would go on an 11-4 run to end the period and take a 56-37 lead into halftime.
Ben Coleman made a free-throw with 19:01 left in the game to cut the Raiders lead to 16 at 56-40, which was the closest the Lions would get for the rest of the game.
The Raiders lead would balloon to as much as 29, when Scelza would nail his third three-pointer of the game to make the score 88-59, and the Raiders would take the victory, 105-82.
Mount Union is back in action on Saturday (Jan. 5) when they host Ohio Athletic Conference foe Ohio Northern with tipoff scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.