MOUNT VERNON, Ohio. – The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s basketball team (7-9, 6-6 CL) defeated Point Park University (5-7, 0-0) on Saturday, February 6 by a final score of 97-76.
Jevon Knox reached 2,000 career points with a layup midway through the first half. Knox is now just the sixth player in the history of the MVNU men’s basketball program to score 2,000 points for a career.
Inside the Box Score
Clay Hilliard led the way for MVNU in the scoring department. Hilliard finished with 22 points and was 5-6 from three. He also contributed with 5 assists and a game-high 2 steals.
Knox scored 20 points on 8-13 shooting. He also pulled down 7 rebounds.
Kade Ruegsegger was rolling on offense, finishing with 15 points and 9 assists.
Eric McLaughlin finished the game with 10 points on 4-7 shooting.
Carter Pline was big on the boards for MVNU off the bench. Pline finished with a game-high 8 rebounds, 3 of them offensive. He also pitched in with 8 points and a block.
As a team MVNU shot an outstanding 60% (39-65) from the field and 50% (10-20) from behind the arc.
Coach Ronai’s Thoughts
“First off, I am so happy for Jevon. What an accomplishment. Jev has been a model teammate his entire career and he has taken his leadership to another level this season. 2,000 points is a LOT of points and he has earned every single one of them because of his commitment to the team and his tireless work ethic. As for the game, I thought we really dug in defensively in the second half and made things much more difficult for Point Park. We are looking forward to getting better on Monday.”
Coach Ronai and the Cougars will head to Fort Wayne, Indiana on Wednesday, February 10 for a tough matchup against the University of Saint Francis. Tip-off is set for 7:00pm.