Transylvania men’s seven-game win streak halted at Mount St. Joseph

Jefferson dribbling

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's basketball team had its seven-game win streak snapped by the Mount St. Joseph Lions, 75-67 on Wednesday evening at the Harrington Center.

The Pioneers fought back from a 12-point deficit in the second half to tie up the game at 53-53 before the Lions responded on a 16-6 run to resize their lead to 10 points with two and a half minutes to go in regulation to hold off the Pioneers.

Transylvania fell to 14-8 on the season and 10-5 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, dropping one game behind first-place Franklin College and into a second-place tie with Hanover College. Mount St. Joseph picked up its sixth win of the season to improve to 6-16 overall and 4-11 in HCAC play.

Michael Jefferson produced another monster output with 20 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and six steals on 7 for 12 shooting from the field.

The Pioneers furnished four other double-digit scorers on Wednesday but were plagued by a cold-shooting first half, hitting 29 percent from the field on the way to a 32-20 halftime deficit. Zach Larimore scored eight of his 12 points in the first half to keep the Pioneers within arms' reach of the host Lions.

After Mount St. Joseph's Tanner Clos nailed a jump shot with 14:46 left in the second half to keep the Lions' lead at 12, the Pioneers made their signature run of the night, outscoring the hosts 22 to 10 over the next six minutes on the way to knotting up the game at 53 apiece.

The Lions' Brady Thomas broke loose for six straight points but a layup from Brandon Cromwell and a score by Lucas Gentry cut the Lions' lead back to two points with 4:42 remaining.

Mount St. Joseph then erupted for a 10-2 scoring outburst to build a 10-point cushion for the final two-plus minutes of gameplay, sealing the upset.

Brandon Cromwell finished with 13 points, six rebounds, and two steals on 5 for 7 shooting from the field while Gabe Schmitt posted 10 points. Lucas Gentry came off the bench to score 11 points and register seven rebounds.

Though both teams were cold from three-point range all evening, the Lions hit on 8 of 24 three-point tries while the Pioneers suffered a 2 for 16 shooting night from outside. Transylvania outrebounded Mount St. Joseph 39 to 34 but missed ten free-throw attempts on the evening.

The Pioneers next play on Saturday, February 15 at Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana. Transylvania tips off against the Spartans at 1:00 p.m. at the Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC) on the campus of Manchester in the final regular-season road game for the Pioneers.

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