“He's a good player, I really like him,” Gamber said. “But he shouldn't have gotten that many. We struggled in our man defense tonight.”
Despite the hot shooting early from Carter, Mt. Vernon stayed close. The biggest Marion lead of the half came at 29-20 midway through the second quarter. Mt. Vernon was able to close the half with a run and tie it at 32 at the locker room break. Hawkins ended the half with a buzzer beating jumper.
“I think we gained a lot of confidence, and I thought we played well in the second half,” Gamber said.
Mt. Vernon is 13-10 overall this season and 2-6 in South Seven Conference play.