Mount St. Mary's Falls to Pittsburgh, 82-78, Ater Rallying in Second Half to Force Overtime

Mount St. Mary's Falls to Pittsburgh, 82-78, Ater Rallying in Second Half to Force Overtime

Pittsburgh, Pa. (December 5, 2017)—Mount St. Mary's rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to force overtime, but fell at Pittsburgh, 82-78, on Tuesday night at the Petersen Events Center.  Junior Robinson paced the Mount with 24 points and nine assists.

Trailing 57-42 with 9:46 left in regulation, the Mountaineers (3-6) rallied behind red-hot shooting from three-point range.  The Mount hit seven consecutive three-point baskets during a 25-to-12 run to cut the deficit to 69-67 with 3:17 on the clock.  Robinson scored eight points during the run while Jonah Antonio hit three triples, including the one that capped the spurt to cut the deficit to two.

After Pitt's Shamiel Stevenson hit 1-of-2 at the line, Robinson converted a jumper in the paint to make it a one-point game.  The Mount forced a miss on the next possession, and Robinson converted a lay-up with 1:47 left to give the Mount a 71-70 lead.  Pitt evened the score when Stevenson hit 1-of-2 at the line with 58.4 seconds on the clock.

Pitt then fouled Chris Wray, who missed the front end of the one-and-one, and the Panthers took the lead on a Marcus Carr bucket with 25 seconds left.  The Mount called timeout, and tied the game when Bobby Planutis put back his own miss on a baseline inbounds play to tie the game.  Carr's three-pointer at the buzzer was long, forcing the overtime period.

Jared Wilson-Frame scored in the paint to give Pitt a two-point lead in overtime, but the Mount's Ryan Gomes hit a pair of free throws with 3:24 remaining to even the score.  Pitt, however, scored the next five points, including a pair of Carr free throws with 34 seconds left to push the lead to 80-75.  The Mount's Donald Carey responded with a three-pointer from the left corner to make it a two-point game, but Carr was able to seal the win with two free throws for the final score of 82-78.

Robinson went 8-for-21 from the field en route to his game-high 24 points, his sixth 20-point game of the season.  Robinson added nine assists and a pair of steals.  Greg Alexander added 17 points, hitting 5-of-7 three-point baskets, while Antonio had 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc.  Chris Wray, who missed the first eight games due to injury, returned for the Mount, tallying eight points, five rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks in 24 minutes of action.

Carr led Pitt (5-4) with 23 points while Wilson-Frame chipped in 15 points.

The Mount shot 45.2 percent overall in the game and was 13-of-27 (.481) from three-point range.  Pitt shot 47.3 percent overall, but was 23-of-34 (.676) at the foul line.

After falling behind 7-0, the Mount answered with a 9-1 run to take the lead.  Wray had a pair of dunks off pick and rolls while Alexander capped the streak with a three-pointer.  The Panthers answered with a pair of three-pointers to regain the lead.

The Mount again fought back, and tied the score at 18-18 after a Robinson steal and lay-up.  A Gomes putback with 3:52 left in the half cut the Mount's deficit to 25-24, but Pitt scored the final six points of the half for a 31-24 advantage.  The Mountaineers shot 10-of-24 from the field in the first half and was 3-of-7 from three-point range.  Pitt shot 11-of-23 overall, but had 10 first-half turnovers.

The Mount is back in action on Saturday, December 9, with a 2:00 p.m. matchup at Lehigh.