New York, N.Y. (January 10, 2013)—Mount St. Mary's fell to St. Francis Brooklyn, 70-56, on Thursday night at the Pope Physical Education building. Rashad Whack led the Mountaineers with 17 points in the game.
The Terriers (6-9, 2-1 NEC) opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers from Ben Mockford to take a 33-25 advantage. The Mount responded with a Taylor Danaher three-pointer and four points from Whack to cut the deficit to 35-32, but Mockford drained consecutive three-pointers again to spark an 8-0 run for a 43-32 advantage.
Trailing 60-51 with just over two minutes left, the Mount (6-8, 1-2 NEC) had a chance to cut into the deficit, but Sam Prescott's three-pointer from the left wing was long. The Terriers were able to maintain the lead from that point to earn the victory.
Whack hit 5-of-8 from the field and 6-of-7 at the line for his team-high 17 points. Prescott added 11 points and five rebounds off the bench for the Mountaineers as well.
The Mount shot 44.7 percent in the game, including 5-of-20 (.250) from beyond the three-point arc. Mount St. Mary's had 18 turnovers and was 9-for-16 (.563) at the charity stripe.
Mockford finished with 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting from three-point range. Akeem Johnson and Brent Jones added 12 points each. The Terriers shot 51.0 percent in the game, including 7-of-15 (.467) from three-point range.
In the first half, an early 7-0 run gave the Mount a 12-6 advantage eight minutes into the game. Prescott scored on a pull-up jumper and Kristijan Krajina in the lane before Whack capped the run with a three-pointer. The Terriers answered with a 9-2 spurt to grab a 15-14 lead before the Mount went on another run.
Parker and Prescott nailed back-to-back three-pointers to cap an 11-to-3 spurt to give the Mount a 25-17 lead with 4:12 left in the opening half. The Terriers, however, closed the half on a 10-0 run to take a 27-25 lead at the intermission.
The Mount shot 41.7 percent in the opening half, including 4-of-11 (.364) from three-point range. St. Francis converted 52.2 percent in the first half while committing 13 turnovers.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Saturday, January 12, with a 2:30 p.m. game at the Barclays Center against LIU Brooklyn.