The Mount Vernon Nazarene Cougars jumped out to an early 12-2 lead and never hesitated as they downed Kent State Tuscarawas 110-75 at Ariel Arena in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Despite the loss, Gunnar Tharp (Canton South HS / East Canton, OH) continued his early season assault on his personal career scoring record by blitzing MVNU for 30 points to lead all scorers on 10 of 17 shooting, while converting on 9 of 12 three-point attempts. He now has 1042 career points.
Malik Campbell (Canton South HS / Canton, OH) was the only other Golden Eagles player in double figures as he scored 16 points and was a perfect 4/4 from the free throw stripe.
For the game the Golden Eagles shot 44%, but allowed the much taller MVNU squad to make 64% of their field goal attempts. The Eagles were also outrebounded 43-28 and outscored 56-26 in the paint giving the Cougars 15 points on second chance attempts. The Golden Eagles are now 1-1 on the season.
Gunnar Tharp scored 30 points at MVNU to lead all scorers!