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Saint Francis closes regular season with win

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Cougars to face Bethel in tournament

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 9:47 am

Saint Francis closed its regular men's basketball season on a positive note, as it topped Crossroads League foe Mount Vernon Nazarene 77-67 at the Hutzell Athletic Center on Saturday.

Cougar junior forward Scott Kohne produced his 17th double-double of the season, as the Bishop Dwenger High School grad scored 18 points and snared 12 rebounds.

Saint Francis senior guard Ethan Hussey pitched in 16 points, while classmate Kevin Bloom added 15, and sophomore Josh Hogan finished with 11.

The win helped Saint Francis (18-12, 10-8 CL) end a two-game skid. After finishing sixth in the conference, the Cougars will travel to No. 3-seeded Bethel College (21-9, 12-6 CL) to start the CL Tournament.

"We got some transition baskets off our defense," Hussey said in a release. "Then we just started knocking down shots from everywhere. It's a good feeling to head into the tournament with, a confidence that we are a good team."

Saint Francis led Mount Vernon Nazarene 38-32 at halftime after the visitors led in the first half by as many as five points with 6:33 to play in the half.

The score was tied six times and there were six lead changes before Bloom gave the Cougars the lead for good with a free throw at 3:19 that broke a tie at 29.

Saint Francis outscored Mount Vernon Nazarene (11-19, 3-15) 12-5 in the final 4:01 of the first half.

The Cougars climbed to its first double-digit lead on two Hussey free throws at 18:18 for a 45-34 advantage.

Kohne scored for a 48-38 Saint Francis lead with 15:48 to play and it went on a 22-8 run that opened up a 70-46 spread with 4:26 to play in the game.