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Lost (56-68) vs. University of Saint Francis


2017-2018 season

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February 4, 2020

The men’s basketball team at MVNU is working towards getting better every day. This season has seen the team through many ups and downs. Head Coach Jared Ronai said, “This year we have a great group of young men that love each other and strive to become the best that they are capable of becoming one day at a time.” 

The team is currently 18-6 overall and 6-6 in the Crossroads League. “We have always been a program that is eager to grow and improve,” said Ronai. “We have a good mix of veteran leadership and youthful enthusiasm that has helped us progress in many areas on and off the floor this year.” The Cougars are looking to bounce back after a 60-75 loss at Spring Arbor University. “The Crossroads League is one of the best small college men’s basketball conferences in the country. Every game presents different challenges,” said Ronai. 

The team has reached several key milestones this season, including seniors Austin Jones and Jacob Paul both reaching 1,000 career points. Junior Alex Jo...

November 19, 2017

      As the 2017-18 basketball season is shaping up, the Cougars are hoping to focus on daily growth instead of outcome-driven goals. 

      Head Coach Jared Ronai is encouraging the team to have a “1-0 approach.”

      “Our approach is to be 1-0 each and every day,” Ronai said. “We have to make 1-0 winning decisions that guide our preparation on and off the floor. This also means our coaching staff has to be intentional and purposeful with our young men.”

      One of the biggest advantages this year is how well the team has bonded on and off the court. 

      This year’s team has “done an incredible job of growing together within our culture,” Ronai said. “I believe those relationships are going to help us have a very cohesive team chemistry which will be a big strength.”

      The Cougars will still play in the similar fast-paced style that fans have seen before. Ronai said he wants people to be impressed with the Cougars’ effo...

          As the 2016-17 basketball season comes to an end, three seniors will play their final regular season game in Ariel Arena tomorrow afternoon.

         Seniors Josh Ashwill, Pat Lucas and Deontae Cole are thankful for the memories and relationships they built during their time in the Cougar uniform.

         “It has been life changing,” said Lucas. “I have built so many relationships, a lot of brothers that I will have forever.”

         Ashwill and Cole agreed. “It’s a family, a band of brothers. Its my home away from home,” said Cole.

         Head Coach Jared Ronai is proud of his three seniors and the “legacy they will leave.”

         “I hope all three can take away a great experience that will be with them for a lifetime,” Ronai said. “I hope they remember the process we tried to instill in them, to relentlessly pursue getting a little bit better each and every day.”...

          This season, the MVNU men's basketball team (19-12, 8-10) matched its highest overall win total since joining the Crossroads League in 2011.

         The Cougars’ season has been highlighted by wins over five of the top 25 ranked teams including No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan University, No. 20 University of Saint Francis and No. 16 Taylor University.

         Head Coach Jared Ronai said he is happy with MVNU’s “great year.”

         “They committed themselves to a process-driven culture, and I can't thank them enough for that commitment,” Ronai said.

         MVNU ended its regular season on Feb. 18 when Huntington University edged out the Cougars 88-78. The Cougars finished the season ranked sixth in the Crossroads League standings.

         Postseason play pitted the Cougars against the University of Saint Francis (22-9, 11-7) last Wednesday for the Crossroads League quarterfinals. No. 1...

February 14, 2017

           The MVNU men’s basketball team (19-9, 8-8) added a win and a loss last week, beating out Goshen College at home and falling to No. 3 Bethel College on the road.

           The Cougars defeated Goshen 75-70 grabbing 34 rebounds and dishing out 21 assists as a team.

            In the eighth conference victory of the season, senior guard Josh Ashwill picked up his first career triple-double. He recorded 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against the Goshen College Maple Leafs.

            “We played really well on the defensive end and limited our turnovers,” Ashwill said. “I’m really proud of the way we played to win an important conference game against a really good Goshen team.”

           Sophomore Brett Vipperman matched his career-high in points, scoring 24 for the second tim...

          The MVNU men’s basketball team (18-8, 7-7) added a win and a loss last week, falling to Spring Arbor University and beating Taylor University.

         In the Cougars’ 69-68 loss against Spring Arbor, senior Deontae Cole scored a career-high 20 points for MVNU.

         Senior Josh Ashwill sank two free throws to pull MVNU within two points with :14 left on the clock. The Cougars then fouled Spring Arbor’s Drew Zuidema to stop the clock. Zuidema made one of his two free throws, and the Cougars got the ball back when Cole secured the rebound.

         Ashwill drew a foul and made both of his free throws, pulling MVNU within one with only :06 left in the game.

         MVNU again fouled Zuidema, who missed the front end of his one-and-one. Freshman Trey McBride grabbed the defensive rebound for MVNU. The Cougars, down 69-68 with :04 remaining had the chance for a game-winning shot.


           The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s basketball team picked up a loss and a win last week, bringing their Crossroads League record to 6-6 as they head into the final few weeks of the regular season.

            On Wednesday, the Cougars lost 89-83 to Grace College’s Lancers, who picked up just their second league win of the season. Freshman Trey McBride scored 19 points in the loss and sophomore Brett Vipperman added 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

            “We had a couple bad breaks that didn’t go our way,” said Head Coach Jared Ronai. “Grace is a good team and well coached, and we have to give credit to them.”


            Senior Josh Ashwill chipped in 15 points, eight assists, and three rebounds including his 1,000th career point....

            Cougar basketball starting forward Jordi Mas is red shirting for his junior year at MVNU.

            Mas is healing from a knee injury that took place during the third game of the season against Northwest Ohio University. The severity of the injury removed Mas from the court for the 2016-17 season.

            “I went to block a shot, and when I was landing on the floor, all my weight went to my right knee,” Mas said.

            Mas recalls a significant height difference between him and the Northwest player guarding him. The difference caused the man to push against Mas’  knee rather than his hip while boxing out during a rebound.

            This pressure, along with the unbalanced weight, caused the injury.


          The Huntington Foresters handed MVNU its fifth conference loss on Saturday. The final score was 95-85.

         The two teams battled back and forth for the lead in the first half, with the Cougars putting together a 7-2 run to tie the game at 48 as the half ended.

         Five minutes into the second half, the Foresters pulled away, clinching the lead for the remainder of the game.

         Huntington recorded 67 percent field goal shooting compared to the MVNU’s 47 percent. The Foresters were also 54 percent (6-11) from the three-point line while the Cougars recorded 37 percent (10-27).

         “Huntington is a talented team that played very well,” Cougars’ sophomore Brett Vipperman said. “It was a good matchup and test for us on the road.”

         Vipperman poured in 20 points in the Cougars’ loss. Freshman Trey McBride added 22 points and senior Josh Ashwill scored 17 points,...

          The MVNU men’s basketball team (16-5) added two more league victories and one conference loss since the semester began, beating Goshen College and Marian University and falling against No. 9 Bethel College.

         Senior Josh Ashwill led the Cougars in an 83-69 victory over Goshen College last Tuesday. Ashwill finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Sophomore Brett Vipperman added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars.

         “Goshen is so well coached and tough to play at home,” Head Coach Jared Ronai said after the victory. Coach was happy with the Cougars’ effort and focus in their fourth Crossroads League victory of the season.

         Three other players tallied double digits. Freshman Trey McBride added 15 points and senior Deontae Cole and freshman Jacob Paul added 13 points each.

         The Cougars followed their victory with an 82-70 loss against Bethel College last S...

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