Emmitsburg, Md. (December 2, 2017)--Junior Robinson (Mebane, N.C.) scored a career-high 39 points to lead Mount St. Mary's past Loyola, 80-75, in overtime at Knott Arena on Saturday afternoon. The win was the Mount's 100th all-time win against Loyola in the 173rd meeting between the two schools in the most played rivalry in the state of Maryland. Robinson scored nine of the Mount's 11 points (all on free throws) in the overtime period to secure the win.
After Loyola (1-6) scored the first four points of the overtime period, Robinson connected for five consecutive free throws, including all three after being fouled on a three-point attempt with 1:38 remaining, to give the Mountaineers (3-5) at 74-73 lead. Loyola's Chuck Champion converted in the lane on the next possession to give Loyola a one-point advantage, but Champion fouled Robinson on the ensuing possession with 59 seconds left. It was Champion's fifth foul, and Robinson calmly sank both free throws to give the Mount the lead. On the next possession, Loyola's Isaiah Hart turned the ball over, and Mount freshman Donald Carey (Upper Marlboro, Md.) collected the ball and went coast-to-coast for a lay-up to give the Mount a 78-75 lead with 41 seconds on the clock.
After the Mount forced a turnover on the inbounds pass, Ryan Gomes (Westminster, Md.) missed in the lane with 21 seconds on the clock and Loyola collected the rebound with a chance to cut into the Mount's three-point advantage. Hart missed on a drive to the basket, but Loyola had the possession arrow after there was a tie-up on the rebound. Loyola got the ball to James Fives in the right corner, but his three-pointer was off the mark, and Robinson corralled the rebound. Robinson was fouled with 3.0 seconds, and he sealed the win by hitting both free throws for an 80-75 lead.
The Mountaineers held a 69-65 lead with 2:35 remaining in regulation before Loyola rallied to force overtime. Cam Gregory hit a pair of free throws with 2:21 left to make it a two-point game. The Mount had several chances to extend the lead, but a turnover and a pair of missed shots gave possession to the Greyhounds with 33 seconds left. After a block by the Mount's Greg Alexander (Hampton, Va.), Loyola's Chuck Champion scored on a tough drive to the basket to even the score at 69-69. Robinson had a chance to win in regulation, but his long three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.
Jonah Antonio (Perth, Australia) nailed three-pointer with 12:04 on the clock gave the Mount its biggest lead of the second half at 53-46. Loyola answered with six consecutive points to cut the deficit to one, and took the lead, 58-57, on a Hart jump shot with 8:35 left in regulation. Robinson hit a three-pointer to give the Mount a 62-60 lead, and after a Hart bucket, Gomes slammed home a pass from Carey to give the Mount a two-point lead. Robinson then sandwiched a pair of free throws and a jumper around a Champion free throw to stretch the advantage to 68-63.
Robinson went 10-of-23 from the field, 4-of-7 from three-point range, and 15-of-16 at the line to compile his career-high 39 points. The 39 points are the most by a Mount player since Sam Prescott scored 44 against Bryant Feb. 14, 2013. He added four assists, four rebounds and three steals in 40 minutes of action. Antonio chipped in 14 points and six rebounds while Carey finished with nine points, five assists and four rebounds in the win. Alexander added eight points and a pair of blocks off the bench. Hart led Loyola with a career-high 26 points while Gregory finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.
The Mount shot 44.1 percent overall and was 11-of-27 (.407) from three-point range and 17-of-20 (.850) at the foul line. Loyola shot 46.4 percent while hitting 2-of-7 (.286) from beyond the arc and 21-of-26 (.808) at the foul line. The Greyhounds had 19 turnovers and held a 36-30 edge on the boards.
In the opening half, Antonio's three-pointer midway through the first half gave the Mount its biggest lead at 21-11. Loyola chipped away at the deficit and grabbed the lead, 30-29, after a Hart lay-up with 4:04 left in the first half. The Mount answered with a 9-0 run that included an Antonio jumper, a Robinson lay-up, a Gomes lay-up, and a Robinson three-pointer. The Greyhounds responded with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 38-38 at the half.
The Mountaineers now hold a 100-73 advantage in the all-time series with Loyola that dates back to 1910. The Mount has won four of the past five matchups, and is 15-9 over the past 24 meetings. The Mountaineers are 60-16 all-time at home against the Greyhounds.
Mount St. Mary's is back in action on Tuesday, December 5, with a 7:00 p.m. game at Pittsburgh.