Men’s Basketball: #23 Mount Union Drops OAC Matchup at #8 Marietta

Men’s Basketball: #23 Mount Union Drops OAC Matchup at #8 Marietta
J.J. Kukura (Photo by Ed Hall)

MARIETTA, Ohio --  No. 23 ranked Mount Union fell at No. 8 ranked Marietta, 106-81, in an Ohio Athletic Conference men's basketball game Wednesday night in Marietta.

The Raiders are now 15-6 overall and  11-3 in the OAC, while Marietta improves to 20-2 overall and 14-1 in the OAC.

Mount Union was led by JJ Kukura (Alliance/Alliance) with 22 points and Jarrett Ruffin (Northfield/Nordonia) who had 11 points.

Marietta's Dillon Young scored a game-high 24 points as the Pioneers had four players in double figures and finished the game with 17 three-pointers. 

In the first half, Mount Union would earn a three point lead, 11-8, within the first five minutes of the game. Ruffin would score seven points early to help gain that lead. Three pointers by Michael Shull (Massillon/Jackson) and Kukura extended that lead to seven, 17-10.

Marietta would regain the lead, 26-25, after solid three point shooting from Young would help the Pioneers go on a 16-8 run.  The Pioneers shot 58.8-percent from the field and led 52-41 at halftime. 

The Pioneers opened the second half on a 12-6 run and never looked back.

Mount Union is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 13 when the Raiders travel to Heidelberg. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start in Tiffin.

Newspaper Box Score
Mount Union vs Marietta
02/10/16 7:30 p.m. at Marietta, Ohio - Ban Johnson Arena
At Marietta, Ohio - Ban Johnson Arena
MARIETTA 106, MOUNT UNION 81
MOUNT UNION (15-6, 11-3 OAC)
JJ Kukura 9-18 1-2 22; Jarrett Ruffin 5-13 0-1 11; Cody Dillon 2-5 2-2 8;
Miles Griffin 3-5 0-0 7; DeAllen Jackson 2-3 3-4 7; Michael Shull 2-3 2-2 7;
Jake Jacubec 3-8 0-0 6; Zach Neuenschwander 2-3 0-0 4; Kyle Scelza 0-3 3-4
3; Josh Duerr 1-1 0-0 2; Evan Keeslar 0-1 2-2 2; Taylor Moore 1-3 0-0 2;
Andrew Francesconi 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 30-66 13-19 81.
MARIETTA (20-2, 14-1 OAC)
Dillon Young 8-12 3-4 24; A.J. Edwards 8-13 0-1 18; Luis Garcia 4-8 5-6 16;
Eddy Grenert 4-6 0-0 11; Anthony Wallace 3-3 2-2 10; Nate Walker 4-4 1-1 10;
Brennan McKean 3-6 0-0 7; A.J. Ireland 2-3 0-0 4; Kyle Dixon 1-6 2-4 4; Mel
Shuler 0-1 1-2 1; Seth Lagraen 0-0 1-2 1; Michael Undersander 0-0 0-0 0;
Jack Thome 0-2 0-0 0; Tristin Tillman 0-0 0-0 0; Isiah Barbra 0-0 0-0 0;
Tyler Irish 0-2 0-0 0; Jack Relihan 0-1 0-0 0; Connor McCreary 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 37-67 15-22 106.
Mount Union...................   41   40  -   81
Marietta......................   52   54  -  106
3-point goals--Mount Union 8-25 (JJ Kukura 3-8; Cody Dillon 2-4; Miles
Griffin 1-3; Michael Shull 1-1; Jarrett Ruffin 1-2; Kyle Scelza 0-3; Zach
Neuenschwander 0-1; Jake Jacubec 0-3), Marietta 17-30 (Dillon Young 5-8;
Luis Garcia 3-4; Eddy Grenert 3-4; A.J. Edwards 2-3; Anthony Wallace 2-2;
Nate Walker 1-1; Brennan McKean 1-2; Jack Thome 0-1; Tyler Irish 0-2; Jack
Relihan 0-1; Kyle Dixon 0-1; A.J. Ireland 0-1). Fouled out--Mount
Union-None, Marietta-Jack Thome. Rebounds--Mount Union 35 (Jarrett Ruffin
6), Marietta 41 (Brennan McKean 8). Assists--Mount Union 13 (Jarrett Ruffin
3), Marietta 19 (Dillon Young 7). Total fouls--Mount Union 21, Marietta 21.
Technical fouls--Mount Union-None, Marietta-None. A-1341