Late Rally Comes Up Short as Mount St. Mary's Falls at Robert Morris, 76-68
Moon Township, Pa. (January 26, 2013)—Mount St. Mary's rallied late, but fell short in a 76-68 loss at Robert Morris on Saturday night. Julian Norfleet and Shivaughn Wiggins each scored 21 points for the Mount in the loss.
Trailing 71-55 with 2:16 remaining, the Mount staged a furious rally to cut the deficit to 72-68 with 24 seconds left. Robert Morris (14-7, 6-2 NEC), however, went 4-for-4 at the foul line on its next two possessions to seal the victory.
Norfleet and Wiggins keyed the Mount rally, combining to score all 13 points in the Mount's 13-to-1 spurt that cut the deficit to four. Norfleet hit a pair of free throws to start the streak, Wiggins hit a three-pointer, and Norfleet added a three-pointer with 55 seconds left to make the score 71-63.
After Russell Johnson hit 1-of-2 at the line for Robert Morris, Wiggins converted a traditional three-point play to cut the deficit to 72-66 with 33 seconds on the clock. The Mount forced a turnover on the next possession, and Wiggins scored in the paint to make the score 72-68.
The Mountaineers (7-12, 2-6 NEC) fouled Karvel Anderson with 23 seconds left, and he hit both free throws to extend the Robert Morris lead to six. The Mountaineers missed a three-pointer on its next possession, and Johnson hit a pair of free throws to seal the win.
Norfleet finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists while Wiggins hit 5-of-7 from the field and 9-of-11 at the line to earn his way to a career-high 21 points. It was the first time had two players score 20 or more points in the same game since Jeremy Goode (24) and Jean Cajou (23) did against Sacred Heart on January 17, 2009.
Freshman Taylor Danaher had career highs of eight points and six rebounds in the game for the Mountaineers as well.
Anderson led Robert Morris with 22 points while Johnson finished with 14 in the game. Velton Jones chipped in nine points and seven assists for the Colonials in the win.
The Mount was 23-for-32 (.719) from the foul line in the game. It was a season-high for free throw attempts for the Mount this year. Mount St. Mary's shot 42.6 percent in the game while Robert Morris converted 51.0 percent from the floor.
In the opening half, Robert Morris used an 8-0 run to take an early 14-6 lead before baskets by Norfleet and Kristijan Krajina cut the deficit to 14-10. The Colonials rattled off the next 10 points, sparked by eight consecutive points from Anderson. Robert Morris led 33-22 at the half.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Thursday, January 31, with a 7:00 p.m. home game against Quinnipiac.