Earlham Falls to HCAC-leading Mt. St. Joseph Saturday

Earlham Falls to HCAC-leading Mt. St. Joseph Saturday

CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Earlham College men's basketball team fell to the HCAC-leading Mount St. Joseph Lions by a final score of 94-57 on Saturday afternoon. 

Earlham got off a hot start in the game, jumping out to an early 9-5 lead five minutes into the game following a three-pointer from Elijah Wilson-Thomas.  Earlham managed to lead the top team in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for most of the first half.  The Quakers held a 24-20 lead following another three from Wilson-Thomas with 6:44 left to play in the first period.  Mount St. Joseph closed the half on a 20-4 run and Earlham trailed 40-28 at the intermission.

The Lions broke away in the second half, using a 26-12 run over the first eight minutes of action to build a 66-40 lead.  The Lions used hot shooting the rest of the game to extend their lead over the Quakers.  For the game, MSJ shot 60% (36-60) from the floor.  Mount St. Joseph was led by Erik Edwards' 24 points.  

Austin Doliboa led Earlham with 13 points and four rebounds.  Elijah Wilson-Thomas finished with 11 points and three rebounds.  

The loss dropped Earlham to 3-6, 1-3 HCAC.  Mt. St. Joseph moved to 6-3, 4-0 HCAC.  Earlham will hit the hardwood again on Monday December 18 against Centre.  Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.