Emmitsburg, Md. (December 31, 2016)--Mount St. Mary's topped Wagner, 57-56, on Saturday afternoon in Northeast Conference action at Knott Arena as Chris Wray blocked a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer to preserve the victory. Elijah Long hit a pair of free throws hit a pair of free throws with 28.6 seconds remaining to give the Mount the lead.
Mount St. Mary's (4-11, 2-0 NEC) used a 20-2 first half run en route to a 15-point halftime lead. Wagner held the Mount off the scoreboard for the first six minutes before Greg Alexander converted a traditional three-point play to cut the Seahawk lead to 4-3. A Michael Carey lay-up gave Wagner a 10-7 advantage midway through the first half.
Freshman Miles Wilson started the 20-2 run with a three-pointer to even the score. After a Wagner free throw, Junior Robinson was fouled on a three-point attempt, and he hit all three free throws to give the Mount a 13-11 advantage. Back-to-back three-pointers by Alexander and Wilson stretched the lead to 20-11, and Robinson knocked down three more free throws for a 12-point lead. After another Wagner free throw, Alexander and Wilson added buckets in the paint to give the Mount a 27-12 lead with 3:56 left in the opening half.
Mount St. Mary's maintained the 15-point advantage with a 31-16 lead at the half. The Mount hit just 7-of-24 (.292) from the field in the opening half, but were 14-of-17 (.824) at the foul line. Wagner shot 7-of-25 (.280) in the opening 20 minutes.
A Robinson lay-up gave the Mount its biggest lead of the game, 35-18, two minutes into the second half before Wagner rallied. The Seahawks used a 15-to-4 run to get back into the game. Wagner had five second chance points during the run that was capped by a Blake Francis three-pointer that cut the Mount lead to 39-33.
Mount St. Mary's was able to recover from the run and push the lead back to double digits, 46-35, on a Wilson lay-up with 9:18 left in the game. Another Wilson lay-up had the Mount ahead 50-44 with 4:10 left before a Mike Aaman tip-in and a Corey Henson lay-up made it a two-point game with 2:45 on the clock.
Wray then set up Will Miller for a three-pointer from the left corner to give the Mount a 53-48 lead. After a Carey bucket in the post, Wray hit a floater in the lane with 1:33 remaining to give the Mount a 55-50 lead.
Wagner responded with back-to-back three-pointers from Francis to take the lead, 56-55 with 44 seconds left in the game. On the ensuing possession, Long drove to the basket and was fouled by Carey with 28.6 seconds on the clock. He calmly sank both free throws to put the Mount ahead, 57-56. Wagner's Aaman missed a lay-up with nine seconds left, but the Mount was the last to touch the ball as it went out of bounds with 5.0 seconds on the clock.
On the final possession, Henson drove the left-side of the lane, but Wray came across the court and blocked the potential game-winning shot as time expired to preserve the Mount win.
Wilson led the Mount with 13 points and five rebounds while Long chipped in 12 points and Robinson 10 points and five assists. Wray finished with eight points and 10 rebounds while Alexander chipped in eight points and five boards off the bench.
Henson led Wagner with 13 points while Francis finished with 11.
The Mount shot 34.6 percent from the floor overall and was 4-of-18 (.222) from three-point range. Mount St. Mary's was 17-of-28 (.607) at the foul line in the contest. Wagner shot 43.4 percent in the contest, including 57.1 percent in the second half.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Thursday, January 5, at Bryant.