Men's Basketball: #19 Mount Union Beats Calvin to Get to NCAA Sweet 16

Men's Basketball: #19 Mount Union Beats Calvin to Get to NCAA Sweet 16

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- No. 19 ranked Mount Union defeated Calvin (Mich.) 81-69 in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Saturday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance, Ohio.

The Purple Raiders (24-6), in the tournament for the second time in school history and first time since 1997, make the "sweet 16" for the second time.  Mount Union will play the winner of a matchup between No. 6 Augustana (Ill.) and DePauw (Ind.) at a site to be announced Sunday. 

Mount Union had four players in double figures as Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) had 19, Kyle Scelza (Stow/Stow) came off the bench with 16, DeAllen Jackson (Akron/Hoban) had 14 and Jarrett Ruffin (Northfield/Nordonia) had 11.

Jordan Daley had a game-high 21 for Calvin (22-7).

Mount Union jumped out to a 15-5 lead as Jacubec scored five of his seven first half points in the game's opening seven minutes. The Raiders extended that lead to 30-14 with 6:53 left in the half, before Calvin finished the half on a 16-8 run to make it a 38-30 Mount Union lead at the break.

The Knights cut the deficit to three, 40-37 with 18:09 remianing before the Raiders went on a 12-2 run that started with Ruffin dunk and was capped by a Scelza steal and layup run to take the lead back out to 13 points, 52-39.

Calvin only got the score within single digits once the rest of the way.

Newspaper Box Score
Calvin vs Mount Union
03/07/15 7 p.m. at Alliance, Ohio -- The MAAC
At Alliance, Ohio -- The MAAC
MOUNT UNION 81, CALVIN 69
CALVIN (22-7)
Jordan Daley 9-14 3-4 21; Austin Parks 6-14 0-0 17; Cameron Denney 3-7 2-2
11; Jordan Brink 2-11 0-0 5; Brad Visser 1-4 2-2 5; Tyler Dykstra 2-3 0-0 4;
TJ Huizenga 1-2 0-0 2; Michael Welch 1-1 0-0 2; Connor VanderBrug 1-6 0-2 2;
Nick Goeglein 0-0 0-0 0; Seth Van Engen 0-0 0-0 0; Daniel Stout 0-0 0-0 0;
Tony Canonie 0-1 0-0 0; Nick Kronemeyer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-63 7-10 69.
MOUNT UNION (24-6)
Nate Jacubec 7-12 1-2 19; Kyle Scelza 6-8 0-0 16; DeAllen Jackson 4-8 4-4
14; Jarrett Ruffin 4-7 2-2 11; Stevie Griffin 2-4 3-4 7; Cody Dillon 2-8 1-2
6; JJ Kukura 2-5 0-0 5; Michael Shull 1-2 0-0 3; Rory Juhn 0-0 0-0 0; Lucas
Supan 0-0 0-0 0; Josh Duerr 0-0 0-0 0; Evan Keeslar 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-54
11-14 81.
Calvin........................   30   39  -   69
Mount Union...................   38   43  -   81
3-point goals--Calvin 10-33 (Austin Parks 5-12; Cameron Denney 3-5; Brad
Visser 1-2; Jordan Brink 1-9; Connor VanderBrug 0-2; Jordan Daley 0-3),
Mount Union 14-30 (Kyle Scelza 4-6; Nate Jacubec 4-7; DeAllen Jackson 2-4;
Jarrett Ruffin 1-3; Cody Dillon 1-5; Michael Shull 1-2; JJ Kukura 1-1;
Stevie Griffin 0-2). Fouled out--Calvin-None, Mount Union-None.
Rebounds--Calvin 33 (Brad Visser 7), Mount Union 32 (DeAllen Jackson 7).
Assists--Calvin 14 (Cameron Denney 4; Jordan Brink 4), Mount Union 15
(Stevie Griffin 6). Total fouls--Calvin 14, Mount Union 11. Technical
fouls--Calvin-None, Mount Union-None.
NCAA Tournament - Second Round
Mount Union in ranked No. 19 in nation
Winner advances to sectionals (round of 16) at site to be announced