Collen Gurley

All of the Mount Union men’s basketball team’s losses came during away games this season. They were just defeated by John Carroll by 17 points while on the road. As the men traveled to Muskingum Wednesday night, the team set out to prove that being on the road translates to a win. Asked and answered, the Raiders found a big 105-86 road win. 

The Raiders had the task of taking on Junior guard Marcus Dempsey. Dempsey came into the game averaging 30.1 points per game.  Broadcasters from Muskingum gave a scouting report saying that Dempsey would likely play most of the game and take a majority of the shots for the Muskies. Dempsey did just that. The high scoring guard had 25 points at half-time without ever getting a break. Dempsey’s final stat line read 17-25, 7-9 from three, 45 points, and three assists in a complete forty minutes of play. 

Their reliance on guard-play meant a win for the Raiders. While Dempsey exhausted himself from shooting, Mount Union made the most of everyone on the floor. The Raiders had four players in double digits, including 14 from D’Vontay Friga off the bench. Nathan Bower-Malone lead all scorers for most of the game and finished with 29 points. In the final stretch, the Raiders needed more from the offense to secure the win. The team held a constant 10- and 11-point lead. When that lead was threatened, Collen Gurley rose to the occasion. Gurley scored a quick 14 points on a Raider 20-5 run. Gurley continued to build in year two and tied a school record with nine made threes. The aggressive scoring guard finished the night with 34 points. 

The team moved to 11-3 on the season and 6-1 in OAC play. While the Raiders head to Otterbein Saturday, all eyes fall on next Wednesday. Mount Union will host OAC leader Marietta at 7pm in the MAACMarietta is currently 11-1 and 7-0 in the OAC. Stay up to date with Mont Union basketball by downloading the WRMU app and following wrmu_sports on Twitter. 

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