Quinnipiac Rallies Past Mount St. Mary's, 70-62

Quinnipiac Rallies Past Mount St. Mary's, 70-62

Quinnipiac scored 26 straight points to rally from a 17-point deficit in a 70-62 win over Mount St. Mary's in Northeast Conference action at the TD Banknorth Center in Hamden, Conn. Chris Vann paced the Mount with 18 points in the loss.

Leading 31-15 with 5:19 left in the first half, the Mount (8-15, 7-5 NEC) saw Quinnipiac (10-11, 8-4 NEC) score the final 16 points of the first half, sparked by DeMario Anderson, who scored all 10 of his points over the final 5:37 of the first half. The Mount started the game quickly, jumping to leads of 10-2 and 25-7 after a Markus Mitchell lay-up with 8:47 left in the first half.

The run continued for the Bobcats as they scored the first 10 points of the second half to grab a 41-31 advantage. The Mount rallied, sparked by eight points from freshman Will Holland during a 10-2 run that cut the deficit to 56-53 with 7:12 on the clock. Quinnipiac, however, answered with eight straight points to seal the win.

Vann finished with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting while Holland tied a career high with 13 points. Senior Mychal Kearse scored 12 points to extend his double-figure scoring streak to nine games. Victor Akinyanju was a dominant figure in the paint for Quinnipiac, posting 20 points and 21 rebounds in teh game. Anderson added 18 points, Adam Gonzalez 14 and Casey Cosgrove 10 in the win.

The Mount shot 44.2 percent from the floor compared to 40.7 percent from Quinnipiac, but the Bobcats held a 41-30 edge on the boards.

The Mount returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 8, when Saint Francis (Pa.) visits Knott Arena for a 7:00 p.m. tilt.

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