Blazers Come Up Short in Closing Minutes to Mt.Vernon 72-64
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - On Tuesday night, Ohio Christian opened up their game with NAIA affiliate, Mt. Vernon Nazerene, on a hot streak in the opening ten minutes of play. The Trailblazers pushed the tempo and created a 24-12 lead at one point on the visiting Cougars.
Mount Vernon answered back with a rally of their own to erase the OCU advantage late in the first half. The Trailblazers scored two baskets at the end of the half to take a 35-33 lead headed into the intermission.
The second half was a back and forth battle. OCU jumped out in front by six points early on with a jumper by junior guard, Trey Vaughan. Mount Vernon answered back with a pair of three pointers by senior guard and D1 transfer, Jason Dawson, to tie the game up.
Mount Vernon creeped ahead by two points with three minutes remaining in the game with the score 61-59. The Trailblazers missed a pair of free throws and were unable to convert on two transition opportunities in the closing minutes. OCU was forced to foul and Mount Vernon cashed in at the foul line to close the game out with the score 72-64.
OCU shot a dimal 4 of 18 from three point range while Mount Vernon hit 7 of 17. Mount Vernon dominated the battle of boards, outrebounding the Trailblazers 44-27.
OCU was led by James Nelson and Wesley Russell who each tallied 15 points in the contest. Trey Vaughan added 13 points for the Blazers. Milen Kostov was big off the bench with 7 points.
The Blazers (5-3) are back in action on Saturday when they travel to NCAA affiliate, Cedarville University, for a 4:00 PM game.