Brooklyn, N.Y. (January 18, 2018)—St. Francis Brooklyn made the key plays down the stretch to defeat Mount St. Mary's, 81-73, on Thursday night at the Pope Physical Education Center. Junior Robinson led the Mount with 21 points.
The Mount (10-10, 4-3 Northeast Conference) took a 50-42 lead two minutes into the second half on a pair of Bobby Planutis free throws. The Terriers (7-12, 4-3 NEC) answered with a 13-0 run over the next seven minutes to take a 55-50 advantage. St. Francis Brooklyn hit three three-pointers during the run that was capped by a Rasheem Dunn lay-up.
A Dunn three-pointer with 8:15 on the clock extended the Terriers lead to 66-58 before the Mount staged a late rally. Donald Carey scored four points during a quick 6-0 run that cut the deficit to 66-64. The Mount stayed within range, cutting the deficit to two points on three occasions, the last coming on a Greg Alexander dunk with 3:44 left in the game.
The Mount forced a stop, but Jonah Antonio's potential go-ahead three-pointer from the left corner on the next possession was long, and the Terriers grabbed the rebound. Dunn then converted back-to-back baskets to make it 77-71. Robinson was scored on a drive to the basket and was fouled with 49.6 seconds left. He missed the free throw, and St. Francis Brooklyn scored the final four points to secure the win.
Robinson was 7-of-16 from the field for his 21 points while adding five rebounds. Alexander went 6-for-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from three-point range for 14 points while Chris Wray and Donald Carey had 11 points each in the loss. Carey had a team-high six assists while Wray collected a team-best eight rebounds.
Dunn and Glenn Sanabria each had 20 points for St. Francis Brooklyn in the win while Jalen Jordan chipped in 17 points and seven rebounds. Sanabria was 6-for-9 from beyond the arc in the game.
The game featured the top two three-point shooting teams in the NEC and it lived up to the billing as the teams combined to make 23 three-pointers in the game. The Terriers were 12-of-24 (.500) from three-point range in the game while the Mount was 11-of-22 (.500).
The Mount jumped out to an early 8-0 lead behind consecutive three-pointers from Carey and Alexander. The Terriers cut the deficit to 13-11, but Robinson hit consecutive triples to push the Mount lead back to eight at 19-11.
St. Francis Brooklyn then went on an 11-to-2 run that was capped by a Nicholas three-pointer that put the Terriers ahead, 22-21. The Mount answered with a three-pointer by Antonio on the next possession to regain the lead, and grabbed a 35-29 lead on an Alexander three-pointer with just over five minutes left in the half.
Alexander's fourth three-pointer in the first half gave the Mount a 42-37 lead, and Wray went coast-to-coast to put the Mount up 44-39 at the half.
The Mount was on fire from the field in the opening half, shooting 61.5 percent (16-of-26) overall and 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from three-point range. St. Francis Brooklyn shot 43.8 percent (14-of-32) from the field and was 6-of-13 (.462) from three-point range.
Alexander hit all five of his field goal attempts in the first half, including four three-pointers for 14 points. Robinson added 11 points and Wray six points and five boards in the half. Glenn Sanabria led St. Francis with nine points in the half.
The Mount heads to Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, January 20, with tip-off set for 4:30 p.m.