Mount St. Mary's Edged by Wagner, 52-50
Emmitsburg, Md. (January 24, 2012)--Mount St. Mary's was edged by Wagner, 52-50, on Thursday night at Knott Arena. Junior Sam Prescott paced the Mountaineers with 10 points off the bench.
The Mount (7-11, 2-5 NEC) used a 13-to-5 run midway through the second half to push out to a 43-35 lead with 10:28 remaining in the game. Rashad Whack and Xavier Owens started the run with back-to-back buckets ahead of a Prescott steal and dunk that made the score 36-30.
Prescott added a three-pointer to push the advantage to 39-31. Raven Barber's bucket made the score 41-33 while Whack capped the run with a jumper to put the Mountaineers ahead 43-35.
The Mount had two three-point attempts to stretch the lead into double figures, but the shots did not fall, and Wagner countered with an 8-0 run to even the score at 43-43 with 6:11 left in the game.
Kelvin Parker then hit a three-pointer from the left corner to put the Mount ahead 46-43, and Barber converted a hook shot with 3:53 left for a 48-44 advantage.
Wagner again responded, this time with six consecutive points for a 50-48 lead with 2:39 left. Latif Rivers started the run with a drive to the bucket, and Jonathon Williams added the next four points to give Wagner its first lead of the contest.
Prescott was able to even the score when he hit a jumper in the lane with 1:03 left to tie the game at 50-50. The Mount got the ball back when Orlando Parker missed the front end of a one-and-one with 49 seconds on the clock.
Wagner's Kenneth Ortiz, however, stepped in front of a pass, raced down court, and converted the go-ahead lay-up to give his team a 52-50 lead with 27.4 seconds remaining.
Whack missed a three-pointer on the Mount's next possession, and Ortiz was fouled with 12.3 second on the clock. Ortiz, however, missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving the Mount another chance. After a scramble on a loose ball, the Mount had an inbounds pass from near midcourt with 3.3 on the clock.
Kristijan Krajina took a long lob pass, but his shot at the buzzer was off the mark, and Wagner escaped with the victory.
Prescott finished with 10 points, four rebounds and two steals in the loss while Norfleet added eight points and four assists. Raven Barber added six points and seven rebounds with Krajina chipping in six points and six boards.
Eric Fanning and Orlando Parker led Wagner with 12 points each in the win. Wagner shot 46.0 percent in the game, and held a 37-to-24 advantage on the boards. The Mount shot 39.6 percent overall and was 7-for-23 (.304) from three-point range.
The Mount is back in action on Saturday, January 26, 7:00 p.m., at Robert Morris.