Men’s Basketball: Mount Union Defeats Wilmington to End Regular Season

Men’s Basketball: Mount Union Defeats Wilmington to End Regular Season
The 2016 Mount Union men's basketball seniors

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Mount Union's men's basketball team blasted Wilmington, 105-86 in an Ohio Athletic Conference contest and regular season finale Saturday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

Cody Dillon (Newton Falls/Newton Falls) was one of nine Mount Union seniors honored before the start of the game and had a game-high 25 points.  

Two other Purple Raider seniors in Jarrett Ruffin (Northfield/Nordonia) and Jake Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) also scored in double figures.  Ruffin had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Jacubec had 13 points as 13 different Mount Union players scored.

Wilmington (5-18, 4-13 OAC) was led by Christain Jones with 18 points and Zach McCorkle with 15.

The Raiders ran out to a 9-1 lead in the game's first four minutes and pushed that lead to 14 when a DeAllen Jackson (Akron/Hoban) jumper made it 28-14 with just under six minutes to play in the half.  Wilmington scored seven straight points to cut the lead to 28-21 but back-to-back three pointers from Dillon pushed the lead back out to double digits and the Raiders led 45-33 at the break.

Wilmington scored six of the first eight points of the second half to get within eight, 47-39, but a Ruffin three pointer and five straight points from Jacubec put the Raiders back up 55-39 and ended any threat. 

Mount Union will be the No. 3 seed in next week's OAC Tournament and host No. 6 seed Heidelberg Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at The MAAC.  A year ago, the Raiders won the OAC Tournament as the No. 3 seed.

Newspaper Box Score

 

Wilmington (OH) vs. Mount Union

 

2/20/2016 3:00 p.m. at Alliance, Ohio--The MAAC

 

Mount Union 105, Wilmington (OH) 86

 

Wilmington (OH) (5-18, 4-14 OAC)

 
 

Christian Jones 8-11 6-6 25; Zach McCorkle 8-13 1-3 17; D.J . Iles 3-5 2-3 9; Jordan Jones 2-4 4-5 8; Will Patrick 2-6 2-2 8; Malcolm Pittman 3-9 0-0 6; Chris Jackson 2-4 2-2 6; Brandon Smith 1-4 2-3 5; Dane Blumenstock 0-1 1-2 1; Nathan Scott 0-7 1-3 1; Connor Casey 0-2 0-0 0;

Totals 29-66 21-29 86.

 

Mount Union (17-8, 13-5 OAC)

 
 

Cody Dillon 8-14 2-2 25; Jarrett Ruffin 7-10 5-6 20; Jake Jacubec 5-8 1-2 14; Taylor Moore 2-2 4-6 8; Miles Griffin 2-4 2-2 7; Kyle Scelza 2-4 0-0 6; DeAllen Jackson 2-3 0-0 5; Evan Keeslar 2-3 1-2 5; Lucas Supan 2-3 0-0 4; Nate Armagost 1-1 1-2 3; Michael Shull 1-2 0-0 3; Josh Duerr 0-2 3-4 3; Andrew Francesconi 1-3 0-0 2;

Totals 35-59 19-26 105.

 

3 point goals -- Wilmington (OH) 7-26  (Christian Jones 3-5; Will Patrick 2-5; D.J . Iles 1-2; Brandon Smith 1-3; Zach McCorkle 0-2; Jordan Jones 0-2; Dane Blumenstock 0-1; Nathan Scott 0-5; Connor Casey 0-1;), Mount Union  16-29 (Cody Dillon 7-13; Jake Jacubec 3-5; Kyle Scelza 2-4; DeAllen Jackson 1-2; Miles Griffin 1-1; Michael Shull 1-1; Jarrett Ruffin 1-2; Evan Keeslar 0-1;). Fouled out -- Wilmington (OH) - None, Mount Union - None. Rebounds -- Wilmington (OH) 28 (Zach McCorkle 8), Mount Union 39 (Jarrett Ruffin 10). Assists -- Wilmington (OH) 16 (Will Patrick 4), Mount Union 22 (Jake Jacubec 6). Total fouls -- Wilmington (OH) 19, Mount Union 18. Technical fouls -- Wilmington (OH) 0, Mount Union 0. A-450

 
 
 
 
 

Team

1st

2nd

Total

 
 

Mount Union

45

60

105

 
 

Wilmington (OH)

33

53

86