Emmitsburg, Md. (November 21, 2017)—Junior Robinson scored a game-high 27 points while Jonah Antonio and Donald Carey each posted their first career double-doubles to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 91-80 win over York (Pa.) in the home opener on Tuesday night at Knott Arena. The Mountaineers unveiled their 2016-17 Northeast Conference Championship banners prior to the game.
Robinson's 27-point effort was his fourth 20-point game of the season, and the 5-5 senior guard is now averaging 21.4 points per game this season. Antonio, a 6-5 redshirt freshman guard, chipped in a career-best 23 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double while fellow freshman Donald Carey added 11 points and a career-high 12 assists for his first career double-double as well. Senior guard Greg Alexander added 15 points off the bench for the Mount in the win. Jared Wagner led York with 23 points and seven rebounds while Jason Bady and Dalton Myers chipped in 14 points each in the loss.
The Mountaineers (2-3) never trailed in the game, and led by as many as 19 points (70-51) in the second half. The Mount shot 45.5 percent overall and was 15-of-33 (.455) from three-point range. The Mountaineers were 26-of-30 (.867) from the foul line in the game that featured a combined 53 fouls by the two teams. York (Pa.) shot 39.4 percent in the game and was 9-of-29 (.310) from three-point range.
After York cut the Mount lead to 40-36 with 17:14 remaining in the game, the Mount went on a 15-to-5 run to push its advantage to 55-41. Omar Habwe's traditional three-point play started the run that included eight points from Robinson, who capped the streak with a four-point play.
The Mount continued to extend the lead, grabbing its biggest lead of the contest, 70-51, after an Antonio three-point basket with 7:52 left in the game. The Spartans were able to whittled the deficit to 78-70 after a Wagner three-pointer with 2:39 left, but Habwe connected on a pair of free throws and Antonio added a three-pointer to give the Mount a 13-point lead with 1:46 left.
Robinson and Alexander each hit a three-pointer in the opening minutes to give the Mount a 6-0 lead. York was able to close within 20-18 on a Bady three-pointer, but Mount was able to extend the advantage to 34-24 when Alexander and Antonio hit consecutive three-pointers. The Mount went to the locker room with a 36-30 lead.
The Mount is back in action at Ohio University on Friday, November 24, at 7:00 p.m.
Game Notes: This was the first meeting between the Mount and York in 35 years…The Mount holds a 8-0 lead in the all-time series…The Mount has won consecutive games in the month of November for the first time since the 2013...The game was part of Maui on the Mainland in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational...The Mount's games against Marquette, Notre Dame and North Florida were also part of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.