Men's Basketball: No. 9 Mount Union Extends Win Streak To 13 Behind Strong Second Half

Nathan Bower-Malone Photo By: Emily Swisher
Nathan Bower-Malone Photo By: Emily Swisher

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- No. 9 ranked Mount Union defeated Baldwin Wallace 83-73 to clinch the Ohio Athletic Conference men's basketball regular season title outright Wednesday night at the MAAC.

The Purple Raiders got five points from Nathan Bower-Malone (Stow) in a 10-0 run with 2:53 left to pull away from Baldwin Wallace leading 77-67 with 53 seconds remaining.

Mount Union has now won 13 games in a row and stand at 21-3 overall and 16-1 in the OAC while the loss drops Baldwin Wallace to 13-11 overall and 9-8 in the OAC.

Bower-Malone had a game-high 22 points and seven assists and D'Vontay Friga (Cuyahoga Falls) finished with 16 points to lead Mount Union.

The Raiders also got 15 points from Collen Gurley (Akron / Hoban) and 14 from junior Logan Hill (Massillon / Jackson) along with seven rebounds.

Luke Schaefer had 18 to lead three in double digits for Heidelberg.

Mount Union led 10-9 early on when Bower-Malone hit a jumper five minutes into the game. Michael Quiring gave Baldwin Wallace the lead 12-10 on a three ball with 14:15 left in the half. Mount Union tied the game at 26 when freshman Chris Painter Jr. (Akron / St. Vincent St. Mary's) hit a shot beyond the arc. Baldwin Wallace led at the half 36-32.

A 6-0 run to start the second half thanks to a three from senior Tanner Slack (New Concord / John Glenn) and sophomore Braedon Poole (McDonald) gave the Raiders a 38-36 lead. Mount Union got another run this time 11-4 with four different Raiders scoring in the run to lead 58-52. Baldwin Wallace tied the game at 67 with an Anthony Mazzeo three.

Mount Union travels to Capital in the regular season finale, Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. in Bexley, Ohio.