MOUNT VERNON, OH – The first shot that senior Rob Hogans took was a layup only 56 seconds into his last regular season game. But the significance of that 2-pointer was it was Hogan’s 2000th point in his stellar four-year career as an SAU Cougar. It was the first two points of a 26 point afternoon to lead Spring Arbor to a 73-64 in over MVNU.
Hogans becomes the seventh player in Spring Arbor University history to reach the 2000 points in a career and now has 2024 points with at least one more game to play. During the game, Hogans past Mike Folkert (06′ – 2012 points) and now sits in sixth place on the Cougars All-Time list of scorers. Rocky Kent (67′) scored 2050 points and is fifth on the list.
Spring Arbor controlled the first half of the game today leading 29-16 after the first 20 minutes of play and while MVNU cut the lead to just four points with 13:51 to play in the game, Spring Arbor pulled away and was never threatened to rest of the way.
Caleb Hogans scored 12 points for the Cougars and Xavier Prather knocked down 10 points hitting some clutch free throws down the stretch. Jiles Neely grabbed a game high 12 boards to lead Spring Arbor as they edged MVNU 37-34 in rebounds.
The win vaulted Spring Arbor into the #7 spot in the Crossroads League post season tournament as Taylor University lost its season finale to Huntington 55-44 at Huntington and will take the #8 seed.
Indiana Wesleyan takes the top spot with a 15-3 record and will host Taylor and Spring Arbor will travel to Fort Wayne, IN to face the Cougars of St. Francis, who finish at 13-5. Huntington (13-5) is the #3 seed and will host 8-10 Grace College and Bethel will host Marian with both teams finishing at 12-6.
Spring Arbor will make the trip to Fort Wayne on Wednesday night for a 7:00 tip against St. Francis. You can follow the Cougars progress through the tournament on Twitter at @SAUCougars or here at SAUCougars.com.