Men's Basketball: Mount Union Holiday Classic Preview

Tommy Stenger
Tommy Stenger

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Mount Union's men's basketball team returns to the court Friday and Saturday, December 28-29, hosting the Mount Union Holiday Classic at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on campus.

Tickets for the event are $5 at the door and passes will not be accepted.

There are two games each day beginning Friday at 5:30 p.m. as Adrian (Mich.) and Thomas More (Ky.) square off while the second game features the host Purple Raiders versus Trine (Ind.)  that will tip-off at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Two more games are Saturday with Thomas More and Trine starting at 1 p.m. with Mount Union and Adrian at 3 p.m.

The Raiders are 9-1 overall and bring a nine-game winning streak into the tourney. Mount Union averages 81.0 points per game behind a balanced attack that has four players averaging in double figures. Tommy Stenger leads the team averaging 15.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. The Raiders have also won seven-straight home games dating back to last season.

Trine, located in Angola, Ind., is 7-2 overall and has won five of its last six games with that lone loss coming to fellow Ohio Athletic Conference member Baldwin Wallace, 67-58. The Thunder also has two other games against OAC foes – an 88-80 win over Heidelberg and an 81-79 loss to Capital. Trine scores 80.1 points per game and Myles Copeland averages 15.7 points per game.

Adrian, located in Adrian, Michigan, is 3-6 overall and comes in on a five-game losing streak including dropping games to OAC foes Capital, 79-67 and Heidelberg, 82-73 in overtime. The Bulldogs tally 69.7 points per game with four double-digit scorers led by Jordan Harris at 18.2 points per game.

Thomas More, located in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, is 7-7 overall and the Saints stopped a three-game skid with a 78-47 win over Mt. St. Joseph on December 22. Thomas More has losses to OAC members Baldwin Wallace, 70-69 and Ohio Northern, 65-62. The Saints score 72.7 points per game and Damion King is the leading scorer at 15.1 points per game.

Mount Union returns to OAC play Saturday, January 5 at 2 p.m. against Capital in Columbus.