In a nip-and-tuck game that featured four ties and two lead changes over the final eight minutes, Maine edged Mount St. Mary's, 68-65, in a non-conference matchup at Knott Arena on Monday night. Maine's Jon Sheets hit a three-pointer with 2:01 left to snap a 65-65 tie and send the Black Bears (3-4) to the victory.
The Mount missed three potential game-tying three-point attempts over the final two mintues in the loss. Trailing by three with just under a minute left, the Mount's Jeremy Goode stole the ball, advanced in transition, but missed a three-pointer with 10 seconds left. The ball, however, was tipped out of bounds by Maine, giving the Mount a final possession. On that possession, junior Chris Vann kicked the ball to Mychal Kearse in the corner, but his three at the buzzer was long and Maine escaped with the victory.
The Black Bears started the game strong, racing to a 9-2 lead in the early going. The Mount (1-5) fought back and eventually took an eight point lead (33-25) with 4:21 left in the first half after a Will Holland three-point basket. Maine was able to get back in the game with an 8-3 run to close the first half to trail 36-33 at the break.
Maine surged to its biggest lead of the game, 53-45, with 12:05 left in the game. The Mount responded with a 10-2 run that was capped by a Vann three-pointer at the 8:16 mark that tied the game at 55-55. From that point, there were four ties and two lead changes.
Maine shot 61.9 percent from the field in the second half and finished the game 23-of-44 (.523) from the field and 8-of-20 (.400) from three-point range. The Mount was 24-for-64 (.375) from the field in the game, including 9-of-29 (.310) in the second half.
Goode and sophomore Sam Atupem paced the Mount with 13 points each while Holland and Vann added 11 points each in the loss. Sheets scored a game-high 19 points for Maine, hitting 5-of-9 from three-point range. Junior Bernal added 16 points while Kevin Reed (11) and Chris Bruff (10) also reached double figures.
The Mount returns to action on Saturday, December 2, with a 2:00 p.m. game at longtime rival Loyola. It will be the 161st meeting in the all-time series that the Mount leads, 93-67.