Second-Half Rally Comes Up Short at Wagner, 70-65

New York, N.Y. (February 12, 2011)-Mount St. Mary's was edged at Wagner, 70-65, on Saturday night in Northeast Conference action. A furious second-half rally came up just short for the Mountaineers.

Junior Lamar Trice's three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining cut Wagner's lead to 66-65. The Mount fouled Latif Rivers on the inbounds, and he hit both free throws for a three-point lead. The Mount's inbounds pass from the baseline resulted in a turnover and Wagner's T.J. Czeski hit a pair of charity tosses with 0.1 seconds on the clock to seal the victory.

The Mount (10-17, 8-6 NEC) trailed 43-30 with 14:12 remaining after Wagner's Tyler Murray hit a three-point basket before rallying. Mount St. Mary's started the comeback with a 6-0 run that was capped by four points from freshman David Golladay.

The Mountaineers were able to cut the gap to 54-51 on a Jean Cajou three-pointer with 3:21 left, but Wagner's Orlando Parker answered with a traditional three-point play on the next possession to make it a six-point game.

Trice responded with a traditional three-point play of his own with 2:52 left to make the score 57-54. Shawn Atupem hit 1-of-2 at the line with 2:31 left to make it a two-point game, but Murray answered with a drive to the basket with 2:09 left to give Wagner (13-12, 9-5 NEC) a 59-55 advantage.

Trailing 64-60 with 26 seconds remaining, the Mount had a chance to cut into the lead, but Golladay missed on a lay-up and the Mount had to foul Josh Thompson on the rebound. Thompson hit 1-of-2 for a 65-60 lead, but the Mount's Atupem was fouled with 8.5 seconds left. He hit both free throws to cut the deficit to 65-62 and the Mount fouled Murray, who hit 1-of-2 to make it a four-point game ahead of Trice's three-pointer with 1.4 seconds on the clock.

Trice paced the Mount with a game-high 17 points while Atupem chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds. Cajou added nine points and five rebounds with Raven Barber scoring eight points in the loss.

Wagner was led by Murray's 16 points and six assists with Parker, Rivers and Chris Martin adding 10 points each in the game.

The Mount shot 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from the field in the second half and was 22-for-30 (.733) at the foul line in the game. Wagner converted 66.7 percent (12-of-18) shooting in the second half and was 22-for-28 (.786) at the charity stripe.

In the first half, Wagner jumped out to an early 10-4 advantage behind eight points from Murray. The Mount cut the margin to 15-13 with six consecutive points capped by a Trice lay-up and trailed 23-19 with 2:28 left in the half after Jacolby Wells free throw.

Wagner, however, scored six in a row to grab its biggest lead of the half, 29-19, on a Thompson putback with 44 seconds left. The Mount's Danny Thompson, however, converted a traditional three-point play on a feed from Trice to make the score 29-22 at the half.

The Mountaineers were able to hang in the game by hitting 12-of-16 (.750) at the foul line in the opening half. The Mount shot just 5-of-15 (.333) from the field while committing 14 first-half turnovers.

The game was the second of a home-and-home series as part of the NEC's rivalry week. The Mount won the first matchup, 71-57, in Emmitsburg, Md., on Wednesday night.

The Mount returns to action on Thursday, February 17, when St. Francis (N.Y.) visits Knott Arena for a 7:00 p.m.

New York, N.Y. (February 12, 2011)-Mount St. Mary's was edged at Wagner, 70-65, on Saturday night in Northeast Conference action. A furious second-half rally came up just short for the Mountaineers.

Junior Lamar Trice's three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining cut Wagner's lead to 66-65. The Mount fouled Latif Rivers on the inbounds, and he hit both free throws for a three-point lead. The Mount's inbounds pass from the baseline resulted in a turnover and Wagner's T.J. Czeski hit a pair of charity tosses with 0.1 seconds on the clock to seal the victory.

The Mount (10-17, 8-6 NEC) trailed 43-30 with 14:12 remaining after Wagner's Tyler Murray hit a three-point basket before rallying. Mount St. Mary's started the comeback with a 6-0 run that was capped by four points from freshman David Golladay.

The Mountaineers were able to cut the gap to 54-51 on a Jean Cajou three-pointer with 3:21 left, but Wagner's Orlando Parker answered with a traditional three-point play on the next possession to make it a six-point game.

Trice responded with a traditional three-point play of his own with 2:52 left to make the score 57-54. Shawn Atupem hit 1-of-2 at the line with 2:31 left to make it a two-point game, but Murray answered with a drive to the basket with 2:09 left to give Wagner (13-12, 9-5 NEC) a 59-55 advantage.

Trailing 64-60 with 26 seconds remaining, the Mount had a chance to cut into the lead, but Golladay missed on a lay-up and the Mount had to foul Josh Thompson on the rebound. Thompson hit 1-of-2 for a 65-60 lead, but the Mount's Atupem was fouled with 8.5 seconds left. He hit both free throws to cut the deficit to 65-62 and the Mount fouled Murray, who hit 1-of-2 to make it a four-point game ahead of Trice's three-pointer with 1.4 seconds on the clock.

Trice paced the Mount with a game-high 17 points while Atupem chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds. Cajou added nine points and five rebounds with Raven Barber scoring eight points in the loss.

Wagner was led by Murray's 16 points and six assists with Parker, Rivers and Chris Martin adding 10 points each in the game.

The Mount shot 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from the field in the second half and was 22-for-30 (.733) at the foul line in the game. Wagner converted 66.7 percent (12-of-18) shooting in the second half and was 22-for-28 (.786) at the charity stripe.

In the first half, Wagner jumped out to an early 10-4 advantage behind eight points from Murray. The Mount cut the margin to 15-13 with six consecutive points capped by a Trice lay-up and trailed 23-19 with 2:28 left in the half after Jacolby Wells free throw.

Wagner, however, scored six in a row to grab its biggest lead of the half, 29-19, on a Thompson putback with 44 seconds left. The Mount's Danny Thompson, however, converted a traditional three-point play on a feed from Trice to make the score 29-22 at the half.

The Mountaineers were able to hang in the game by hitting 12-of-16 (.750) at the foul line in the opening half. The Mount shot just 5-of-15 (.333) from the field while committing 14 first-half turnovers.

The game was the second of a home-and-home series as part of the NEC's rivalry week. The Mount won the first matchup, 71-57, in Emmitsburg, Md., on Wednesday night.

The Mount returns to action on Thursday, February 17, when St. Francis (N.Y.) visits Knott Arena for a 7:00 p.m.