Emmitsburg, Md. (February 17, 2007)--Monmouth freshman Jhamar Youngblood's three-pointer with 17.7 seconds left lifted Monmouth past Mount St. Mary's, 61-60, in Northeast Conference action on Saturday night at Knott Arena. The Hawks rallied (12-15, 7-8 NEC) from a four-point deficit in the last minute to earn the win. Mount St. Mary's senior Mychal Kearse scored his 1,000th career point in the loss.
Trailing 52-46 with 4:31 remaining, the Mount scored six straight points on back-to-back three-pointers by Kearse and Chris Vann to even the score at 52-52 with 2:50 remaining. The teams traded baskets until Vann forced a steal and converted a fast-break lay-up on a feed from Kelly Beidler to give the Mount a 58-56 advantage with 1:38 on the clock.
Beidler then got a steal on the next possession and Kearse made the score 60-56 with a lay-up with 50 seconds left. It was that basket that gave Kearse 1,001 career points as he became the 38th player in Mount history to record 1,000 career points. Monmouth's Dejan Delic then converted two free throws to cut the deficit to 58-56, with 40 seconds left, and the Mount then turned the ball over to Monmouth on the next possession, setting up Youngblood's three-pointer from the right wing that gave the Hawks a 61-60 lead.
The Mount had two chances to win at the end. Kearse missed a jumper with seven seconds left, and Monmouth's John Bunch was fouled on the rebound with 4.7 seconds remaining. Bunch, however, missed both free throws. The Mount's Sam Atupem rebounded the second miss and got the ball to Jeremy Goode, who drove the length of the court only to have his shot at the buzzer smothered by a Monmouth defender.
Mount St. Mary's (9-18, 8-8 NEC) used an 8-2 first-half run to take its biggest lead of the game, 28-18, with 3:24 left in the half. The Hawks, however, outscored the Mount 8-2 the rest of the half to cut the Mount lead to 30-26 at the break.
Marques Alston scored 12 of his team-high 15 points in the second half to lead Monmouth in the game. 7-2 center John Bunch added 11 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks off the bench in the win. Kearse paced the Mount with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the game for his 12th career double-double. Vann added 13 points and Goode eight points, seven assists and seven rebounds in the loss.
Monmouth held the Mount to 36.7 percent shooting in the game while converted 48.0 percent.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 22, with a 7:00 p.m. game at Wagner.
Game Notes: It was the final regular season home game of the season for the Mount which honored seniors Kirk Bunn, Gavin Coco, Gus Durr, Mychal Kearse, Guyvans Richard and Nick Whitney prior to the game...Kearse's 12 career double-doubles are a the third-most by a Mount player since the school went to NCAA Division I in 1988-89...The Mount has now dropped five of its past six games to fall into a three-way tie for fifth in the NEC.