New Britain, Conn. (January 7, 2017) – Miles Wilson dropped a team-high 21 points as Mount St. Mary's University topped Central Connecticut State, 77-68, on Saturday at Detrick Gymnasium. Chris Wray helped pace the Mount with a solid all-around game, registering 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
Wilson went 8-for-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line as the freshman registered the second 20-plus point effort of his young career and his seventh double-digit scoring performance in his last eight games. The five assists for Wray set a new career high, while his four blocks matched his career best that he set last season against CCSU. Junior Robinson was the other Mountaineer to reach double-figures with 13 points.
Khalen Cumberlander of CCSU led all scorers in the contest with 26 points on 12-of-20 shooting, while Austin Nehls chipped in with 13.
With the victory, the Mount improves to 5-12 overall and 3-1 in Northeast Conference play, while Central Connecticut falls to 2-13 on the year and 0-4 in conference.
Wilson had the hot hand in the early going, scoring eight of the team's first 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field before giving way to Mawdo Sallah, who scored four straight to stake the Mount out to a 15-11 lead at the midway mark of the first half.
The Mount and CCSU exchanged baskets for much of the remainder of the period, with neither team leading by more than four in the final nine-plus minutes of the frame. In the final 5:11 of the half, the lead changed six times, including on Robinson's deep three with under a minute left that put the Mount up by a pair, 29-27. Wray converted one of two from the line on the ensuing possession, and the Mount headed into the halftime break with a 30-27 advantage.
Leading by three early in the second half, the Mountaineers went on a big 12-2 run to open their largest lead to that point, 49-36. Wilson began the run with three straight points, and Greg Alexander followed with a corner three to put the Mount up by seven. Wray added a layup and one of two from the line before Robinson capped the stretch with a long three to give the Mount a 13-point advantage.
The Blue Devils whittled their deficit down to eight on a pair of occasions in the ensuing four minutes, but Will Miller responded with three-pointers both times to end the CCSU rallies.
Later in the period, Cumberlander led a stretch of eight straight points by the Blue Devils as they cut their deficit to four, 60-56, with 4:42 showing on the clock. Wilson put an end to the CCSU run with a traditional three-point play to pad the Mount's lead back to seven, 63-56.
Following Wilson's big three-point play, the Blue Devils weren't able to pull closer than seven the rest of the way as the Mount held them off for the 77-68 victory.
The Mount returns home to face reigning NEC Champion Fairleigh Dickinson on January 12 at 7 p.m.