Emmitsburg, Md. (November 5, 2016)--Senior Will Miller (Dallas, Texas) hit seven three-pointers en route to a game-high 22 points to lead Mount St. Mary's to an 89-65 win over Hood College in an exhibition game at Knott Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Mount led 40-32 at the half, and saw Hood cut the deficit to four on a Tanner Ruths four-point play on the opening possession of the second half. The Mount responded with a 26-to-4 run to take control of the game. Greg Alexander (Hampton, Va.) and Junior Robinson (Mebane, N.C.) started the run on back-to-back three-pointers before Hood's Luke Casey hit a pair of free throws to make it 48-38 with 16:46 left in the game.
Miller then took over, drilling four three-pointers over a span of 2:41 as the Mount was able to stretch its lead to 20 points. Elijah Long (Mississauga, Ont.) added four points and Ryan Gomes (Westminster, Md.) a lay-up to make it 66-40 with just under 10 minutes left in the game.
Miller led the Mount with 22 points in 22 minutes of action, connecting on 7-of-11 shots from three-point range. Gomes chipped in 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting off the bench for the Mountaineers while the backcourt tandem of Robinson (10 points, seven assists) and Long (10 points, five assists) had solid outings as well. Mawdo Sallah (Latri Kunda, Gambia) contributed six points, seven rebounds and five blocks while Alexander added nine points and five boards.
Drew Billingsley led Hood with 17 points, hitting 6-of-7 from the floor in just 15 minutes of action. Casey added 11 points and eight boards for the Blazers.
Hood held an early 8-7 advantage after a Casey lay-up, but Miller gave the Mount the lead for good on a three-point basket and a four-point play on back-to-back possessions. The Mount pushed its lead to 30-18 on an Alexander three-pointer from the top of the key, before heading to the locker room with a 40-32 lead.
Mount St. Mary's shot 56.4 percent from the field in the game, including 18-of-29 (.621) in the second half. The Mount was 14-of-32 (.438) from three-point range and 13-of-22 (.591) at hte foul line. The Mountaineers were able to force Hood into 26 turnovers in the game.
Mount St. Mary's opens the 2016-17 season on Friday, November 11, at 7:00 p.m. at No. 20 West Virginia. The game will air live on Root Sports Pittsburgh.
Game Notes: This was the second consecutive season the Mount and Hood have played an exhibition game at Knott Arena...Last year, the Mount prevailed 64-44...Mount St. Mary's blocked nine shots in the game...The Mount bench chipped in 50 points.