Mount St. Mary's Maintains Homecourt Edge with 86-72 Win over St. Francis Brooklyn

Mount St. Mary's Maintains Homecourt Edge with 86-72 Win over St. Francis Brooklyn

Emmitsburg, Md. (January 27, 2018)--Mount St. Mary's stretched its homecourt win streak to seven with an 86-72 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn before a near-capacity crowd at Knott Arena on Saturday afternoon.  Junior Robinson led four Mountaineers in double figures with 27 points.  The Mount improves to 12-11 overall and 6-4 in the Northeast Conference with the win.

Robinson was 6-for-11 from the field, 4-of-5 from three-point range, and 11-of-13 at the line to record his game-high 27 points.   It is the 17th time this season and the 29th time in his career that Robinson has scored 20 or more points.  Robinson's 29 career 20-point games are third all-time at the Mount since the school moved to NCAA Division I in 1988-89, trailing only Chris McGuthrie (50) and Kevin Booth (33). 

A trio of Mountaineer freshmen also finished with double figures in scoring.  Jonah Antonio recorded 15 points and eight rebounds, Donald Carey 14 points and three assists, and Bobby Planutis a career-high 12 points along with six rebounds in the victory.  Senior forward Chris Wray stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals.  The 6-8 Wray has recorded a career-best seven assists in each of the past two games.  Mount St. Mary's shot 56.0 percent (28-of-50) from the field and 50.0 percent (10-of-20) from three-point range in the game. 

Glenn Sanabria led St. Francis Brooklyn (9-13, 6-4 NEC) with 23 points while Chauncey Hawkins added 19 points and four assists off the bench.  The Terriers shot 43.3 percent (26-of-60) in the game while connecting on 13-of-33 (.394) from beyond the arc.

The Mountaineers are now 8-1 at home this season, including a perfect 5-0 in Northeast Conference games.  Under head coach Jamion Christian, the Mountaineers are 57-17 (.770) overall and 38-11 (.776) in NEC games at Knott Arena.

Leading 43-34 at the half, the Mount opened the second stanza with the first eight points to take a 51-34 advantage.  Wray started the run with a dunk on a feed from Robinson ahead of three-pointers from Antonio and Robinson.  The Mount led 62-45 with 14:04 remaining before the Terriers went on a 13-to-4 run to cut the Mount's lead to 66-58.  A lay-up by Milija Cosic and a Hawkins three-pointer capped the St. Francis Brooklyn surge.

The Mountaineers responded by scoring the next six points to push the lead back to double figures.  Greg Alexander put home a dunk on a pass from Robinson, and Carey added back-to-back baskets to make it 72-58.  St. Francis Brooklyn was able to whittle the lead down to 80-72 after Sanabria made his fifth three-pointer of the game with 37 seconds left, but Robinson hit four free throws to put the game away.

Planutis scored 10 points over the first seven minutes of the game to give the Mount an early 16-to-8 advantage.  A Wray dunk on a feed from Carey extended the advantage to 21-8, and the Mount led 27-15 after Robinson hit two free throws with 6:53 left in the opening half.  St. Francis Brooklyn went on a 10-to-4 run to cut the Mount's lead to 31-25, but Carey countered with a bucket and Robinson drained a three-pointer to push the lead back to 36-25.  The Mount went to the locker room with a nine-point lead thanks to a pair of Planutis free throws with two seconds left in the half.

The Mount and St. Francis Brooklyn are now tied for third place in the NEC standings with 6-4 league marks, behind co-leaders Robert Morris and Wagner, who are 7-2.

Mount St. Mary's is back in action on Thursday, February 1, with a 7:00 p.m. game at Robert Morris.  The game will be played at PPG Paints Arena in downtown Pittsburgh.