Men's Basketball: Raiders Balanced Attack Pushes Win Streak to Five

Mario Caywood (Photo by Joseph Rees)
Mario Caywood (Photo by Joseph Rees)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—The Mount Union men's basketball team defeated Alfred (N.Y.) 84-66 Saturday afternoon at the Land of Magic Classic at ICI Center.

Mount Union was led by sophomores Collen Gurley (Akron / Hoban) who scored 15 points and Mario Caywood (Streetsboro / Benedictine) with a season-high 14 points as the Purple Raiders have now won five straight games and stand at 7-2 on the season.

Two other Raiders scored in double figures as freshman Chris Painter Jr. (Akron / St. Vincent-St. Mary) had 11 points and sophomore Braeden Poole (McDonald) had 10 points.

Sam Dagon had a game-high 19 in the loss for Alfred (4-4).

Both teams traded the lead early and with the score tied at 7-7, Gurley hit a layup that started a 21-7 Mount Union run and gave the Raiders a 28-14 with just over seven minutes left in the half. Alfred rallied but the Raiders kept the lead at 41-32 at halftime.

Alfred closed to within eight points on three different times in the second half, the last of those was 52-44 with 14:59 to play. Caywood then scored the next seven points for the Raiders and pushed the lead back out to 13 points, 59-46 with 12:31 to play. Mount Union would then put the game away with a 22-9 surge to lead 81-55 with 4:53 to play.

Mount Union finishes its two-game trip with a game against Union (N.Y.) tomorrow Sunday, December 29 at 6 p.m. in Daytona Beach, Fla.