Strong Defensive Effort Leads Mount St. Mary's Past Hood, 64-44, in Exhibition Game

Strong Defensive Effort Leads Mount St. Mary's Past Hood, 64-44, in Exhibition Game

Emmitsburg, Md. (November 3, 2015)--The Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team used a strong defensive effort to post a 64-44 win over Hood in an exhibition game at Knott Arena on Tuesday night.  Gregory Graves (Sterling, Va.) paced the Mountaineers with 13 points and eight rebounds in the win.

The Mount held Hood off the scoreboard for the first 7:20 of the game in taking a 12-0 lead.  Four three-pointers over that span, including three from Graves, accounted for the Mount's points over that run.

After a 6-0 Hood run, the Mount was able to expand the lead to 21 points (30-9) with just under three minutes left in the half.  A Chris Wray (Shelby, N.C.) fast-break dunk and a Will Miller (Dallas, Texas) three-pointer capped the spurt.  The Mount went to the locker room with a 37-15 lead at the half.

It was much of the same in the second half as Mount St. Mary's took its biggest lead of the game, 57-29, with 6:14 left in the game.  After Hood had cut the deficit to 46-27, the Mount answered with an 11-to-2 run that ended with back-to-back fast-break lay-ups from BK Ashe (Washington, D.C.) and Taylor Danaher (Fredericksburg, Va.).

The Mount held Hood to 27.7 percent (13-of-47) shooting in the game, including a 2-for-16 (.125) mark from three-point range.  Mount St. Mary's blocked 11 Hood shots and forced 25 turnovers in the contest.  The Mount shot 37.9 percent overall and was 10-for-34 (.294) from three-point range.

Graves finished the game 5-for-8 from the field for his 13 points, adding eight boards and two assists in 20 minutes of action.  Junior Robinson (Mebane, N.C.) had a solid showing at the point, tallying 11 points, six rebounds and three assists.  Wray chipped in five points, five rebounds and three assists with Ashe and Charles Glover (Bowie, Md.) finishing with eight points each in the victory.

Hood was paced by Davon Hill's 11 points.  The Blazers converted 16-of-21 free throws in the game.

The Mount hosts a second exhibition game on Saturday, November 7, when Randolph-Macon visits Knott Arena for a 5:00 p.m. matchup.  Admission is free.

GAME NOTES:  This was the first-ever meeting between the Mount and Hood College...This was the first exhibition game hosted by the Mount since 2004...Mount St. Mary's had 18 assists on 22 field goals.