Mix Nets Double-Double in Championship Game

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (12/28/13) – Senior guard Ali Mix earned a double-double the hard way 16 points with and 10 assists but it was not enough to overcome Wittenberg University in a 91-75 game for the Charles Zimmerman Classic Championship on Saturday. Both Mix and fellow senior Mike Burton were named to the all-tournament team for the Cougars.

Wittenberg is now 10-1 on the year, while Kean falls to 6-3.

The Cougars led early, but after Xavier Fuller's layup at 15:08 the Tigers scored on the next possession, swinging the advantage to the home team. Kean would never re-take the lead, though the gap was closed to just one point when Tim Steward made a three-pointer with six minutes to go in the first half.

The Tigers went on a 14-0 run from that point, however, and never let Kean get back within single digits.

A big factor was points from the free-throw line. Just one night after not surrendering a single shooting foul, the Cougars were whistled for 21 personal fouls against the homestanding Tigers. Those calls  lead to 32 shots from the line; Wittenberg made 25 of them (78 percent), proving to be the difference in the game.

Mix shot 6-for-10 from the field and hit both three-pointers he took on the night. His double-double was the first posted by any Cougar this season, and his 10 dimes are also a season-best for the team.

Burton had 14 points and Kyle Latorre (pictured left) once again came off the bench to lead Kean in rebounding for the second-straight game. Sam Collins led the Tigers with 23 points and Scott Masin had 11 boards for Wittenberg.

This closes out the 2013 portion of the schedule for the Cougars, who will return home to face New Jersey City University on January 4 at 1 p.m. in NJAC action.