The Ravens (5-4, 2-1) jumped out to a big lead, building an 11-point margin in the first quarter. Their lead was as large as 12 points twice, and they took a 10-point lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Ravens played stifling defense and the hot hand of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s most recent player of the week, Phil Hogan, carried them to that comfortable first-half lead.
[Photo: AU senior Brock Morrison hits his 1,000th career point.]
Anderson held Mount St. Joseph (4-3, 1-2) to under 30 percent shooting in the opening half.
Hogan hit 4-of-7 shots for 11 points to pace the home team.
With the game firmly in hand, Morrison sank a jumper at the 10:05 mark to give his team a 50-29 lead. It gave him his 1,000th career point and brought the crowd to their feet.
It also drew a smile from Morrison and a fist pump as he looked over at his bench at his teammates and coaches.
“It’s real special,” Morrison said. “I’ve had a real good career here. I started out as a freshman and worked my way up to the top. You don’t have a good career without playing with good players.”
Morrison knew he was close to the milestone but tried to put it out of his mind. His father, however, dropped reminders along the way.
“You know, my dad’s been counting,” he said. “I don’t really like to mess with that kind of stuff, because it kind of throws you off your focus. We had a good week of practice and dad called me up earlier this week (and said), ‘15 points away.’”
Ravens coach Tom Slyder said Morrison was a good player when they got him to come to AU from Winchester High School. He also noted that Morrison is closing in on an even bigger accomplishment — he is one of a small handful of guys in Ravens history to get 1000 points and 700 rebounds. He had 578 rebounds after Saturday’s game.
“There’s probably not more than seven or eight players all-time here at Anderson University to score 1,000 points and 700 rebounds,” Slyder said. “Very special player. Great that he can do it on his home court in front of our home fans, and obviously with the team getting the win.”
— Travis Whitton for The Herald Bulletin. Story reposted with permission.
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