NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Fans in attendance at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena Saturday, Jan. 27, were privy to a classic.
Manchester University, seeking a third straight victory, and Mt. St. Joseph University went nose-to-nose for 40 minutes of back and forth action on the Stan Weller Court honoring Coaches Hoffman and Wolfe. Neither side held a lead of more than six points over the 40 minutes, and the final outcome wasn’t decided until the clock reached quadruple zeroes. A three-pointer by Jordan Henry with nine seconds remaining gave the visiting Lions a 74-73 lead, and, while MU had three looks at the rim on their final possession, each shot for the home team fell just off to preserve the MSJ decision.
Senior forward Kenny Doss, Jr., coming off the bench for a stellar 22-point total in just 20 minutes of action, resumed a personal string of four consecutive double-figure totals. Forward/center Enis Becirevic (Fort Wayne, Ind.), also a Class of 2018 member, tallied 15 points and grabbed six boards, and junior guard Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) also tossed in 15 points to go with 11 assists for a double-double.
The Spartans, dipping to 4-15 overall and 2-10 in the league, remained tied for ninth but just three games behind Bluffton University and Franklin College for the final conference postseason tournament slot. Manchester University gets a chance to ebb away at the deficit, hosting the Grizzlies of FC Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the SWA.