Men's Basketball: Scelza Scores 18 in First Game Back to Lead #16 Mount Union to Win

Kyle Scelza (photo by Ryan Baker)
Kyle Scelza (photo by Ryan Baker)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kyle Scelza (Stow/Stow) scored 18 points in his first game of the season to lead #16 Mount Union to a 65-63 win against Hood (Md.) at the Land of Magic Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Scelza, coming back off a broken foot, hit six three-pointers to lead all scorers while Jake Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) had 12 and Jarrett Ruffin (Northfield/Nordonia) had 11 points and nine rebounds as the Purple Raiders won their sixth straight game and improved to 8-2 on the season.

Daniel Wegener had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead four in double figures for Hood (7-4).

Hood jumped out to an 8-3 lead to start the game before Mount Union went on a 19-6 run to take a 22-14 lead with just over 10 minutes to go in the half. The Blazers then scored nine of the next 13 points to close within a point, 26-25, and went on to take a 38-37 lead at the half.

Hood extended its lead to as many as five points, 47-42, in the opening minutes of the second half.  Back to back three pointers by Jacubec and Scelza put Mount Union back out in front and sparked a 19-3 run that gave the Raiders a 61-50 advantage with six minutes left.

The Blazers had one last rally as they scored 13 of the final 17 points to get within two points and failed to convert with two seconds to play for the 65-63 final.

Mount Union plays Colby (Me.) tomorrow at 9 p.m. in Florida.

Newspaper Box Score

Mount Union vs. Hood

12/28/2015 7:00 p.m. at Daytona Beach, Fla. - Ocean Center

Mount Union 65, Hood 63

Mount Union (8-2)

 

Kyle Scelza 6-12 0-0 18; Jake Jacubec 4-10 0-0 12; Jarrett Ruffin 5-6 0-0 11; JJ Kukura 3-8 0-0 7; Cody Dillon 3-10 0-0 6; Michael Shull 2-4 0-0 5; Taylor Moore 2-6 0-0 4; Andrew Francesconi 1-2 0-0 2;

Totals 26-58 0-0 65.

Hood (7-4)

 

Daniel Wegener 5-10 3-5 13; Ian Eversull 4-7 0-0 12; Tanner Ruths 2-5 6-8 10; Michael Robinson 4-9 1-3 10; Jared Ruiz 3-6 0-0 7; Davon Hill 3-8 1-2 7; Malik Harris 1-2 0-1 2; Luke Casey 1-1 0-0 2; Terrell McCaa 0-1 0-0 0;

Totals 23-49 11-19 63.

3 point goals -- Mount Union 13-34  (Kyle Scelza 6-12; Jake Jacubec 4-6; Jarrett Ruffin 1-1; JJ Kukura 1-3; Michael Shull 1-3; Cody Dillon 0-6; Taylor Moore 0-2; Andrew Francesconi 0-1;), Hood  6-12 (Ian Eversull 4-4; Michael Robinson 1-3; Jared Ruiz 1-2; Tanner Ruths 0-1; Malik Harris 0-1; Davon Hill 0-1;). Fouled out -- Mount Union - None, Hood - None. Rebounds -- Mount Union 33 (Jarrett Ruffin 9), Hood 31 (Daniel Wegener 7). Assists -- Mount Union 18 (Kyle Scelza 4), Hood 13 (Davon Hill 5). Total fouls -- Mount Union 22, Hood 11. Technical fouls -- Mount Union 0, Hood 0. A-0

 
 
 
 
 
 

Team

1st

2nd

Total

 
 

Hood

38

25

63

 
 

Mount Union

37

28

65