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Thomas More Beats Mt. St. Joe in Bridge Shootout

Thomas More picked up its sixth win of the season, squeaking by Mount St. Joseph in the Bridge Shootout at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills.

Mount St. Joe fell behind by as many as 15 points but closed the game on a 27-13 run, coming up one point short. The Saints won 77-76.

With the win, the Saints improve to 6-4 and with the loss, the Lions fall to 6-3.

Thomas More raced out to an early 11-6 lead when senior forward Drew Mumford made a lay-up with15:50 to play in the first half. Mount St. Joseph answered with a 5-0 run capped by a Bobby Murdock lay-up to tie the game at 11-11 with 12:50 to play in the opening half. The Saints responded with a 13-2 run to take a 24-13 lead with 9:30 to play in the half when sophomore guard Sawyer Pauly made a three-pointer. The Lions closed out the half on a 21-14 run to cut the lead to 38-34 at halftime when Ken Kunkel made a lay-up with three-seconds to play in the first half.

The Saints opened the second half on a 26-15 run to extended the lead to 64-49 with 5:58 to play in the game when sophomore guard/forward Nate McGovney made a jumper.  

Thomas More shot 57.1 percent (28-of-49) from the field, including the 52.4 percent (11-of-21) from behind the arc.

Mumford led the Saints in scoring with a game-high 30 points, while sophomore guard Drew Mays added 11. Freshman forward Austin Young just missed double-figure scoring with nine points. Freshman center Louis Maniacci led the team on the boards with five rebounds, while senior guard Eliot Pipes led the team in assists with six.

Thomas More is idle until December 31 when it travels to Lexington, Kentucky to play in-state rival Transylvania. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. inside the Beck Center.

From TMC Saints