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Editor’s note: Due to a systems error, this Mt. Vernon-Mississenewa game story was not posted online earlier in the week as intended. We apologize for the delay.

 

INDIANAPOLIS — Nine months removed from his last varsity basketball contest, and one minute into his season debut, CJ Coleman was in mid-season form Saturday night.

Coleman swiftly maneuvered through traffic and put up a floater from about 10 feet away in the lane, and that accounted for the first two points of his senior year.

And there would be plenty more from Coleman, as well as his Mt. Vernon teammates. The Marauders manhandled Mississinewa 63-39 in the last of six games of the Hoosier Invitational at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

With Coleman back in the fold after serving a five-game suspension for an athletic department violation, MV snapped a four-game losing streak and played at the level that earned it a semistate berth back in March.

Coleman, who has committed to North Carolina-Greensboro, finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, both game highs. He had seven points in the first quarter and 10 at the half.

“I loved it out there and (playing on the Indiana Pacers’ floor) was one of the best times of my life,” Coleman said. “It was a team effort and I can’t do it all by myself.”

Sitting out “was all my fault, and I had to keep it up in practice and keep motivating the guys,” he added. “I’m here and I’m ready to go.”

And so were the rest of the Marauders (2-4), who during Coleman’s absence weren’t the same. Saturday, they hustled, found the open man, shot well and stifled the Indians (2-3) with zone pressure, and as a result Mississinewa made only 30 percent of its attempts from the field.

This was, in fact, a 10-man show. Every MV player who dressed scored and all except for James Stricker had either at least one rebound, assist or steal.

“This was probably the most complete game we’ve played,” MV coach Travis Daugherty said. “Everybody got into a comfort level, but (Saturday) was all about our team. It’s really fun when we have success together.”

Mississinewa did hang with the Marauders for much of the first half and led 18-16 with just over three minutes before halftime. At the 3:03 mark, Coleman converted a three-point play to put MV ahead to stay.

Less than two minutes later, Dan Werner made the second of two free throws, kicking off a 16-0 run in which Alec Lohman made two three-pointers and Mike Wayer also canned a three and had back-to-back hoops, the latter off a Lohman steal. Lohman capped it off by scoring after Wayer took the ball away from the Indians, and MV was up 37-20.

“That was the first time (all season) that we’ve gone on a defensive run, where we put a lot of stops together in a row,” Daugherty said. “That has to be our identity, where we’ve got to be able to win defensively first. It was fun to see the guys play hard on that end of the floor.”

Both Lohman and Wayer ended with 11 points. Lohman hit three treys and also contributed seven assists and five rebounds.

Sub Caleb Deckard made consecutive threes late to push the margin past 20, and had eight points.

The Marauders made one-half of their shots (23-of-46) as well as 10-of-11 free throws. They also meted out 16 assists.

“It was a neat experience” at Bankers Life, Daugherty said. “This was a fun night and hopefully the start of some better basketball for us.”

Werner was selected as MV’s representative on the AAA Insurance All-Academic team for the Hoosier Invitational. He received a plaque just before the second half began.

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Mt. Vernon 63, Mississinewa 39

MI — Jones 4-6 0-3 8, Cerny 1-1 0-0 2, Butler 1-10 0-0 3, Swanner 4-16 0-0 12, McPheron 3-7 2-2 9, An. Grubb 0-0 0-0 0, Markley 0-1 0-0 0, Seekins 0-0 0-0 0, AJ Grubb 1-4 0-0 3, Francis 0-0 0-1 0, Stevens 0-0 2-3 2. Totals — 14-46 4-9 39.

MV — Shepherd 1-3 0-0 2, Thompson 1-1 0-0 2, Coleman 6-15 3-3 16, Lohman 4-7 0-0 11, Wayer 5-7 0-0 11, Werner 2-5 1-2 5, McCloud 1-2 2-2 4, Deckard 2-4 2-2 8, Ertel 0-1 2-2 2, Stricker 1-1 0-0 2. Totals — 23-46 10-11 63.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

MI (2-3)   12  8  7 12  — 39

MV (2-4)  16  9 18 20 — 63

  Three-pt. field goals: MI 7-25 (Swanner 4-15, Butler 1-4, McPheron 1-3, AJ Grubb 1-3); MV 7-17 (Lohman 3-5, Deckard 2-2, Coleman 1-4, Wayer 1-2, Werner 0-3, Ertel 0-1).

  Rebounds: MI 27 (Butler 7, Jones 7, McPheron 2, Cerny 1, Swanner 1, An. Grubb 1, AJ Grubb 1, Markley 1, Team 6); MV 29 (Coleman 8, Lohman 5, McCloud 4, Werner 3, Thompson 2, Wayer 2, Deckard 2, Shepherd 1, Team 2). Assists: MI 8 (Butler 5, Swanner 3); MV 16 (Lohman 7, Thompson 2, Werner 2, Ertel 2, Coleman 1, McCloud 1, Wayer 1). Steals: MI 5 (Butler 2, Jones 2, Markley 1); MV 8 (Wayer 3, Lohman 2, Shepherd 1, Thompson 1, Ertel 1). Fouls: MI 15, MV 12. Fouled out: none. Turnovers: MI 18, MV 9.

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