Minneapolis, Minn. (November 16, 2016)—Junior Robinson scored a season-high 16 points as Mount St. Mary's fell to Minnesota, 80-56, on Wednesday night. The Golden Gophers broke open a close game midway through the second half.
Robinson cut the Mount deficit to 49-42 with 13:35 remaining, but the Golden Gophers were able to take control of the game with a 20-to-1 run for a 26-point advantage.
Robinson posted 16 points and three assists to lead the Mount (0-3) while Elijah Long added 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Greg Alexander tallied nine points on three three-pointers with Ryan Gomes adding six points off the bench
Jordan Murphy led Minnesota (3-0) with 18 points and 12 rebounds with Dupree McBrayer and Nate Mason tallying 13 points each.
Minnesota shot 57.4 percent from the floor in the game while the Mount shot 34.9 percent (22-of-63). Minnesota held a 46-to-25 advantage on the boards.
The Golden Gophers raced out to a 15-6 lead in the opening six minutes. The Mount was able to counter with a 10-2 spurt to cut the deficit to 17-16. Alexander hit a pair of three-pointers in the run with Gomes capping the spurt with a dunk off a Robinson pass.
A Robinson scoop shot in the lane had the Mount within three, 27-24, but the Golden Gophers were able to extend the advantage to 37-29 at the half.
The Mount shot 12-of-35 (.343) from the floor in the first half and was 5-of-19 (.263) from three-point range. Minnesota was 12-of-22 (.545) from the field in the first half and was 12-of-19 (.632) at the foul line.
The Mount continues its season-opening nine-game road trip at George Mason on Friday, November 18. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. and Mount fans can listen on WFMD (930 AM) in Frederick.