Updated: Sunday, 17 Feb 2013, 12:24 AM EST
Published : Sunday, 17 Feb 2013, 12:24 AM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- On Senior Day, junior Scott Kohne led the University of Saint Francis to a regular-season ending 77-67 win over Mt. Vernon Nazarene University at Hutzell Athletic Center on Saturday. But Kohne got strong senior support to help the Cougars finish with an 18-12 regular season record and the 97th win for seniors Ethan Hussey, Kevin Bloom and Brad Sneary.
Kohne produced his 17th double-double of the season scored 18 points and snaring 12 rebounds. Hussey pitched in 16 points, Bloom 15 and sophomore Josh Hogan 11 to help USF halt a two-game slide and finish Crossroads League play 10-8.
The Cougars finished sixth in the league, so they will hit the road to No. 3-seeded Bethel College (21-9, 12-6 CL) to start the CL Tournament.
USF led 38-32 at halftime after MVNU (11-19, 3-15 CL) led 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 USF the lead for good with a free throw at 3:19 that broke a tie at 29. USF outscored MVNU 12-5 in the final 4:01 of the first half.
USF scored climbed to its first double-digit lead on two Hussey free throw at 18:18 for a 45-34 advantage. Kohne scored for a 48-38 USF lead with 15:48 to play and the home Cougars went on a 22-8 run that opened up a 70-46 spread with 4:26 to play in the game.
"We got some transition baskets off our defense, and then we just started knockin' down shots from everywhere," Hussey said. "It's a good feeling to head into the tournament with, a confidence that we are a good team."
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