Freshman Jeremy Goode's near triple-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists paced Mount St. Mary's past Fairleigh Dickinson, 74-65, in Northeast Conference action at Knott Arena on Saturday night. The Mount improves to 8-13 overall and 7-3 in the NEC with the victory.
Goode was one assist away from the first triple-double in school history with his performance. Senior Chris Vann added a game-high 22 points (8-11 FG's) while Mychal Kearse (11) and Will Holland (10) also scored in double figures in the victory.
Cameron Tyler led Fairleigh Dickinson (9-10, 4-4 NEC) with 20 points while Michael Peeples added 14 in the loss. The Mount held Fairleigh Dickinson's Andre Harris, the NEC's leading scorer, to 11 points, seven below his league-leading average of 18.7.
The Mount rattled off a 12-2 run capped by a Vann three-pointer that gave the Mount a 58-45 lead with 5:59 left in the game. The Knights answered with seven straight points to cut the deficit to six, but the Mount answered with a pair of free throws from Kearse and a Vann jumper that pushed the margin to 64-54 with 3:41 remaining. The closest Fairleigh Dickinson would get the rest of the way was nine points.
The Mount took an early 18-10 lead behind five points each from Kearse and Holland. Fairleigh Dickinson responded with a 12-3 run to take a 22-21 lead and held a 27-26 advantage with 4:59 left in the half before the Mount scored eight straight points. The Mount went to the locker room with a 36-32 lead.
The Mount shot 50.0 percent from the field and was 7-of-13 (.538) from three-point range in the contest. The Knights shot 41.4 percent in the game while the Mount held a 39-to-26 advantage on the backboards.
The Mount heads to NEC leader Central Connecticut State on Thursday, Feb. 1, for a 7:00 p.m. tilt.
Game Notes...Goode's 10 rebounds were a career high while his nine assists matched his personal best...The win was the Mount's first on a Saturday in seven tries this season...The Mount snapped a six-game losing streak to the Knights with tonight's victory...The last Mount win vs. FDU came on Feb. 3, 2003, an 83-81 double-overtime victory at Knott Arena.