Mount St. Mary's outlasted Long Island, 78-76, in four overtimes, matching the longest game in school history on Thursday night at the Wellness Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Freshman Kelly Beidler scored nine of his 15 points in the overtime periods as the Mount snapped a four-game losing streak. The Mount is now 3-10 overall and 2-0 in the Northeast Conference.
Freshman Will Holland opened the fourth overtime with a three-point basket, his only basket of the game, to stake the Mount to a 75-72 lead. Beidler and Jeremy Goode each added a free throw to give the Mount a 77-72 edge with 3:12 left in the fourth overtime. Long Island (5-8, 1-1 NEC) responded with four straight points to cut the Mount lead to 77-76. On the next possession, Goode again hit 1-of-2 free throws with 22.3 seconds left for a 78-76 lead.
Long Island's Eugene Kotorobai then missed a three-point attempt from the corner and the Mount's Guyvans Richard was fouled with 3.8 seconds on the clock. Richard missed both free throws and the Blackbirds corralled the rebound and got the ball to Jaytornah Wisseh, who got off a a three-point attempt that rattled out, giving the Mount the victory.
The Mount held a 53-44 lead with 11:03 left in the second half before a 15-2 run by the Blackbirds gave Long Island a 59-55 advantage. Beidler scored on a baseline dunk off a feed from Goode with 1:03 left. After an LIU miss, senior Mychal Kearse's driving lay-up with 34.8 seconds left to force overtime.
Kearse hit two free throws with 59 seconds left in the first overtime to force a second extra session. Beidler's lay-up on a lob pass from Goode with 36 seconds left in the third overtime forced the fourth OT.
"It was a really gutsy win for us," said Mount St. Mary's head coach Milan Brown. I thought a lot of guys stepped up, especially with the foul trouble we were in. We got big efforts from everyone and it was a great team win."
Junior Chris Vann scored 21 of his team-high 23 points in the first half to pace the Mount offense. Beidler added 15 pionts and seven rebounds while Kearse chipped in 14 points and six boards. Goode added 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
James Williams paced Long Island with 24 points while Aubin Scott chipped in 14. Kotorobai added nine points and a game-high 16 rebounds for the Blackbirds.
The Mount defeated Albright, 67-64, in four overtimes on March 9, 1962, in the NCAA East Regional on the way to the NCAA Division II National Championship.
The Mount completes its six-game road trip at Monmouth with a 7:00 pm game on Saturday night.
Games Notes: The win was the Mount's first road win of the season after opening the year with eight straight losses on the road...The last Mount game to go triple overtime was a 90-82 loss to Central Connecticut State on Feb. 2, 2004.