Emmitsburg, Md. (November 7, 2015)--Junior Robinson (Mebane, N.C.) and BK Ashe (Washington, D.C.) combined for 43 points to power Mount St. Mary's University past Randolph-Macon in an exhibition game at Knott Arena on Saturday evening.
The Mount used a 14-to-3 run early in the second half to break open a close game to earn the victory. Leading 40-38, an Ashe fast-break bucket, a Taylor Danaher (Fredericksburg, Va.) dunk in transition, and a Will Miller (Dallas, Texas) three-pointer extended the lead to 47-38.
After a Randolph-Macon basket, Ashe added a putback dunk and a lay-up while Charles Glover (Bowie, Md.) nailed a three-pointer to cap the run for a 54-41 lead with 12:01 remaining.
The Yellow Jackets cut the gap to seven with 8:36 left in the game, but the Mount countered with a 10-to-2 run to seal the victory. Preseason All-Northeast Conference selection Gregory Graves (Sterling, Va.), who was limited to three minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, scored eight points during the decisive run.
Robinson led the Mountaineers with 22 points while adding three assists in 23 minutes of time. The 5-5 guard needed just seven shots for an efficient 22-point effort, hitting 5-of-7 from the field, 2-of-3 from three-point range, and 10-of-10 at the charity stripe.
Ashe, also a preseason All-NEC pick, added 21 points and four rebounds for the Mount in the win. Graves finished with eight points and four rebounds in 16 minutes while freshman Elijah Long (Mississauga, Ont.) had a strong game off the bench with six points, four rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes.
Mike Silverthorn led the Yellow Jackets with 22 points with Michael Taylor (15 points) and Lamont Moore (12 points) also reaching double figures.
The Mountaineers shot 57.1 percent (28-of-49) from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point range (6-of-15) and 81.0 percent (17-of-21) at the foul line in the game. Mount St. Mary's forced 18 turnovers as well.
Randolph-Macon started the game strong, grabbing a 13-to-7 lead early in the first half. Mount St. Mary's was able to respond, scoring nine unanswered points to grab the lead. Glover and Ashe had lay-ups to start the run with the Mount taking the lead on a Robinson three-pointer with 11:26 left in the opening half.
The Mount held the lead the rest of the half, leading by as many as five points before settling for a 38-36 lead at the break.
The Mountaineers open the 2015-16 season at No. 3 Maryland on Friday, November 13, with a 7:00 p.m. matchup at the XFINITY Center. The game will air live on the Big10 Network as well.
Game Notes: This was the Mount's second exhibition game this week...The Mount is 28-21 all-time against former Mason-Dixon Conference rival Randolph-Macon.