Men’s Basketball: #18 Mount Union Frozen First Half Results in Loss to #11 Marietta; Scelza Sets Three-Point Record

Kyle Scelza (Photo by JT Higgins)
Kyle Scelza (Photo by JT Higgins)

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- An ice cold shooting first half was too much for a furious second half rally as No. 18 ranked Mount Union lost to No. 11 ranked Marietta, 98-85 in an Ohio Athletic Conference men's basketball game Wednesday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders (11-5 overall, 7-2 OAC) were down 23-3 to start the game and trailed 53-20 at the half as Mount Union was just 8-of-35 shooting (22.9-percent) in the first half.

Marietta (14-2, 8-1 OAC) hit nine three-pointers in the first half and an Eddy Grenert three-pointer with 15:40 to play gave the Pioneers a 36-point lead at 63-27.

Kyle Scelza (Stow/Stow) then hit seven three-pointers the rest of the way as the Raiders cut the deficet to 12 points 97-85 before falling 98-85.  Over those last 15 minutes, Mount Union out-scored Marietta 58-35.

Scelza and JJ Kukura (Alliance/Alliance) each came off the bench to lead Mount Union. Scelza finished with a game-high 27 points on a school single-game record nine three-pointers while Kukura added 11 points.

The Pioneers were led by Luis Garcia with 24 points and A.J. Edwards, who had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Mount Union next plays Otterbein in an OAC game Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Rike Center in Westerville.

Newspaper Box Score

Marietta vs. Mount Union

1/20/2016 7:30 p.m. at Alliance, Ohio-The MAAC

Marietta 98, Mount Union 85

Marietta (14-2, 8-2 OAC)

 

Luis Garcia 7-14 5-8 22; A.J . Edwards 7-13 6-10 21; Dillon Young 4-7 6-6 18; Eddy Grenert 3-8 6-6 13; Brennan McKean 2-5 4-4 8; Anthony Wallace 2-7 3-4 8; A.J . Ireland 2-4 1-1 6; Nate Walker 1-1 0-0 2;

Totals 28-59 31-39 98.

Mount Union (11-5, 7-2 OAC)

 

Kyle Scelza 9-15 0-0 27; JJ Kukura 7-19 1-3 16; Jarrett Ruffin 3-10 1-2 8; Josh Duerr 2-3 2-2 8; Taylor Moore 3-4 1-1 7; Jake Jacubec 2-10 0-1 5; Cody Dillon 2-10 1-1 5; Miles Griffin 1-1 2-2 4; DeAllen Jackson 1-4 0-0 3; Evan Keeslar 1-2 0-0 2; Michael Shull 0-1 0-0 0;

Totals 31-79 8-12 85.

3 point goals -- Marietta 11-26  (Dillon Young 4-7; Luis Garcia 3-7; A.J . Edwards 1-3; A.J . Ireland 1-1; Eddy Grenert 1-4; Anthony Wallace 1-2; Brennan McKean 0-2;), Mount Union  15-46 (Kyle Scelza 9-15; Josh Duerr 2-3; Jarrett Ruffin 1-5; DeAllen Jackson 1-3; JJ Kukura 1-7; Jake Jacubec 1-5; Cody Dillon 0-6; Evan Keeslar 0-1; Michael Shull 0-1;). Fouled out -- Marietta - None, Mount Union - JJ Kukura;. Rebounds -- Marietta 48 (A.J . Edwards 11), Mount Union 35 (Jarrett Ruffin 7). Assists -- Marietta 13 (Dillon Young 6), Mount Union 18 (Evan Keeslar 5). Total fouls -- Marietta 19, Mount Union 30. Technical fouls -- Marietta 0, Mount Union 0. A-598

 
 
 
 
 
 

Team

1st

2nd

Total

 
 

Marietta

53

45

98

 
 

Mount Union

20

65

85