Obie Nwadike scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Central Connecticut State to a 71-63 win over Mount St. Mary's in Northeast Conference action on Saturday afternoon. Freshman guard Jeremy Goode paced the Mount (5-12, 4-2 NEC) with a career high 20 points.
Tristan Blackwood scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half, including several key baskets, in the victory for Central Connecticut State (6-10, 3-1 NEC). Blackwood's three-pointer with 15:26 left in the game snapped a 37-37 tie and gave the Blue Devils the lead for good.
Central Connecticut extended the lead to 52-43, but Mount St. Mary's answered with a 5-0 run to cut the margin to 52-48 with 6:38 remaining after a Mychal Kearse traditional three-point play. Blackwood answered with a three-pointer on the next possession and the Mount would get no closer than five points the rest of the way.
Goode was 7-for-11 from the field and added three assists to his career high 20 points for the Mount. Kearse finished with 13 points while Chris Vann chipped in 10 for his 16th-straight game in double figures. Vann, however, was held without a three-point field goal for the first time all season.
Nwadike was 6-for-12 from the field and had six offensive rebounds en route to his double-double of 18 points and 10 boards. Blackwood finished 4-of-8 from three-point range in the game while tying for team-high scoring honors with 18 points. Jemino Sobers chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds in the victory while Javier Mojica tallied 15 points and seven boards for the Blue Devils.
The Mount returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 18, with a 7:00 p.m. game at St. Francis (Pa.).
Game Notes...This game completed a stretch of five games in 10 days for the Mount...The Mount falls to 4-3 at home on the season.