Men's Basketball: #3Mount Union Falls in OAC Semis to #2 John Carroll

Men's Basketball: #3Mount Union Falls in OAC Semis to #2 John Carroll

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio--The No. 3 seeded Mount Union men's basketball team was defeated by No. 2 seed John Carroll, 93-74, in the semifinals of Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Thursday at the DeCarlo Varsity Center.

Miles Griffin (Massillon/Massillon Jackson) led Mount Union (18-9) with a career-high 20 points while Jake Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) and Jarrett Ruffin (Northfield/Nordonia) each chipped in 14 points.

John Carroll had five players score in double figures and was led by David Linane with 19 points.

In the first half, strong three point shooting from Mount Union allowed an early 13-6 lead within the first four minutes of play. John Carroll surged back with a 9-2 run to earn their first lead of the game. The first half saw six lead changes. Griffin's three point and free throw shooting in consecutive possessions helped Mount Union gain its lead, 37-36, with 5:13 remaining in the half. Mount Union led 44-43 at the break and Griffin led all scorers with 16 points.

In the second half, a quick 9-4 run helped John Carroll regain its lead, 52-46 early in the second half. With 15:47 remaining in the game, Mount Union came back within two, 63-61, when a layup by Jacubec jump started a 10-0 run with 13:57 remaining.  John Carroll sealed the victory with a 30-13 run to end the game.

Mount Union now must wait to see if the NCAA committee awards them one of 19 at-large bids to the 62-team NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship.  The selection show is at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29.

Newspaper Box Score

 

Mount Union vs. John Carroll

 

2/25/2016 7:30 p.m. at University Hts., OH - DeCarlo Center

 

John Carroll 93, Mount Union 74

 

Mount Union (18-9)

 
 

Miles Griffin 7-8 2-5 20; Jarrett Ruffin 4-12 6-8 14; Jake Jacubec 5-12 2-4 14; JJ Kukura 3-7 2-2 9; DeAllen Jackson 2-6 3-4 7; Cody Dillon 1-8 2-2 4; Kyle Scelza 1-5 0-0 3; Taylor Moore 1-4 0-1 2; Michael Shull 0-0 1-2 1; Andrew Francesconi 0-4 0-0 0;

Totals 24-66 18-28 74.

 

John Carroll (24-3)

 
 

David Linane 6-17 5-7 19; Simon Kucharewicz 5-7 5-8 15; John Cirillo 5-8 5-5 15; Antonio Vuyancih 5-9 0-0 12; Will Starks 4-8 0-0 11; Doug Caputo 3-6 4-7 10; Danny Wallack 2-6 0-0 5; Ryan Farragher 2-3 0-0 4; Brian Papich 1-2 0-0 2; Noah Bidar 0-1 0-0 0; Allen Stokes 0-1 0-0 0; Preston Williams 0-1 0-0 0; Derik Young 0-2 0-0 0;

Totals 33-71 19-27 93.

 

3 point goals -- Mount Union 8-28  (Miles Griffin 4-5; Jake Jacubec 2-3; JJ Kukura 1-2; Kyle Scelza 1-5; Jarrett Ruffin 0-3; Cody Dillon 0-5; DeAllen Jackson 0-1; Taylor Moore 0-2; Andrew Francesconi 0-2;), John Carroll  8-25 (Will Starks 3-6; Antonio Vuyancih 2-3; David Linane 2-7; Danny Wallack 1-5; Ryan Farragher 0-1; Preston Williams 0-1; Derik Young 0-2;). Fouled out -- Mount Union - None, John Carroll - None. Rebounds -- Mount Union 43 (Jarrett Ruffin 9), John Carroll 48 (John Cirillo 10). Assists -- Mount Union 10 (Jarrett Ruffin 2), John Carroll 15 (David Linane 6). Total fouls -- Mount Union 24, John Carroll 23. Technical fouls -- Mount Union 0, John Carroll 0. A-1389

 
 
 
 
 

Team

1st

2nd

Total

 
 

John Carroll

43

50

93

 
 

Mount Union

44

30

74