Balanced scoring, determined defense and 55 percent shooting propelled the University of Saint Francis to a 74-69 upset win over NAIA 12th-ranked Grace College in Crossroads League men's basketball action Saturday before more than 1,000 fans.
Scott Kohne led the Cougars scoring with 19 points, while Snider High School graduate Brad Sneary added 15 points and tied his career best with 15 rebounds in helping the Cougars to their third win against an NAIA Top 25 team in four chances this season.
Saint Francis sophomore Josh Hogan chipped in with 14 points in his third collegiate start, while Ethan Hussey added 13 in the victory.
Saint Francis (13-7, 5-3 Crossroads League) climbed into a three-way tie for third in the league with Grace (13-6, 5-3) and Taylor.
Sixth-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University, USF's next opponent on Tuesday night at 5 p.m. in Marion, beat Bethel 81-65 on Saturday and is tied atop the league standings with the Pilots. It was Bethel's first loss after seven consecutive wins ins in conference play.
After trailing 38-37 at halftime, the Cougars outscored the Lancers 37-31 in the second half and limited Grace C to 38.7 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes. Grace was 12-for-31 shooting in the second half.