College Basketball | Christian Parker, Braedon Poole lead Mount Union over La Roche

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Mount Union's Christian Parker, shown in an earlier game, tied his career high with 26 points in the Purple Raiders' 81-63 win over La Roche (Pa.) on Monday. Parker was named Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
Mount Union's Christian Parker, shown in an earlier game, tied his career high with 26 points in the Purple Raiders' 81-63 win over La Roche (Pa.) on Monday. Parker was named Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Christian Parker tied his career high with 26 points and senior Braedon Poole recorded a double-double as the Mount Union men's basketball team defeated La Roche (Pa.) 81-63 in Timken Gymnasium Monday night.

The Purple Raiders (14-2), who moved up to No. 11 in this week's d3hoops.com poll released earlier Monday, also got 18 points and an impressive dunk by Darrell Newsom in the win. Poole finished with 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting and added 10 rebounds, and Ethan Stanislawski had nine assists.

Mount Union led 41-30 at halftime and 60-48 with 8:39 remaining in the second half. The Purple Raiders then outscored La Roche (8-8) 12-6 over the next 3½ minutes to build a 72-54 lead.

Joe Piplio led La Roche with 12 points and six rebounds.

Braedon Poole, left, of Mount Union, shown in an earlier game, had 21 points and 10 against La Roche (Pa.) on Monday.
Braedon Poole, left, of Mount Union, shown in an earlier game, had 21 points and 10 against La Roche (Pa.) on Monday.

Earlier Monday, Parker, a 6-6 sophomore from Canton, was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week. He averaged 16 points and eight rebounds in the Purple Raiders' wins over Muskingum and then-No. 21 Heidelberg.

Isi Palamone (21) of Mount Union was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
Isi Palamone (21) of Mount Union was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Also on Monday, Mount Union's Isi Palamone was named the OAC women's basketball Player of the Week. Palamone, a 5-foot-10 senior from Murrysville, Pa., averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds and shot 60.7% from the field (17-for-28) in the Purple Raiders' wins over Muskingum and Heidelberg.

The awards were the first each for both Parker and Palamone.

Both Mount Union teams return to action Wednesday against John Carroll. The men's game will begin at 7 p.m. in Timken Gymnasium, while the women's game will start at 7 p.m. in University Heights.

D3hoops.com polls

Men

1. Randolph-Macon (Va.) (24) 14-1 623

2. Illinois Wesleyan 14-2 577

3. Washington U. (Mo.) 14-1 566

4. Wisconsin-Oshkosh 15-2 542

5. Wisconsin-Platteville 17-1 526

6. Marietta 14-2 490

7. Yeshiva (N.Y.) 14-1 447

8. Christopher Newport (Va.) (1) 17-2 443

9. St. Joseph (Conn.) 13-0 440

10. Wisconsin-La Crosse 15-2 423

11. Mount Union 14-2 314

12. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 13-2 307

13. Maryville (Tenn.) 14-1 303

14. Williams (R.I.) 14-1 236

15. Swarthmore (Pa.) 15-2 235

16. Whitworth (Calif.) 15-2 233

17. Worcester Poly (Mass.) 15-1 230

18. Wheaton (Ill.) 14-4 201

19. Elmhurst (Ill.) 12-4 181

20. Wesleyan (Conn.) 15-2 144

21. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) 13-2 114

22. Oswego State (N.Y.) 15-1 112

23. Augsburg (Minn.) 14-2 93

24. Emory (Ga.) 11-4 90

25. Nazareth (N.Y.) 14-1 41

Women

1. Hope (Mich.) (25) 16-0 625

2. Christopher Newport (Va.) 16-0 592

3. Transylvania (Ky.) 14-0 558

4. Trine (Ind.) 13-2 535

5. Simpson (Iowa) 15-1 530

6. Whitman (Calif.) 16-1 493

7. New York U. 14-0 477

8. Tufts (Mass.) 13-2 420

9. Wisconsin-Whitewater 16-2 414

10. John Carroll 13-2 367

11. Amherst (Mass.) 10-2 346

12. Wartburg (Iowa) 14-2 317

13. DePauw (Ind.) 14-2 296

14. Baldwin Wallace 11-3 279

15. Springfield (Mass.) 16-0 278

16. Wisconsin-Eau Claire 14-4 194

17. Wisconsin Lutheran 13-0 193

18. East Texas Baptist 12-3 190

19. Marietta 15-2 148

20, Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) 14-2 139

21. Bowdoin (Me.) 14-3 128

22. Hardin-Simmons (Texas) 12-3 95

23. St. John Fisher (N.Y.) 14-1 94

24. Messiah (Pa.) 13-2 58

25. Catholic (D.C.) 13-1 52

This article originally appeared on The Alliance Review: Mount Union men defeat La Roche in non-conference basketball game

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