Mount St. Mary's Men's Basketball to Battle St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday

Mount St. Mary's Men's Basketball to Battle St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (8-12, 6-1 NEC) at ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN (4-16, 2-5 NEC)
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Pope Physical Education Center, Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.

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  • Mount St. Mary's survived a furious Sacred Heart rally to post an 86-75 road win on Thursday night.  The Mountaineers built a 26-point lead in the first half, and led by 51-27 at the half before Sacred Heart rallied.  The Pioneers used a 19-0 run to cut the Mount lead to 58-55, with 12:05 remaining.  Mount St. Mary's answered with a 9-to-2 run to regain a double-digit advantage, and were able to hold off the Pioneers down the stretch for the victory.  Elijah Long paced five Mount players in double figures with 19 points while adding seven assists and six rebounds.  Junior Robinson and Miles Wilson chipped in 17 points each in the victory.  The Mount shot 59.2 percent from the field and was 13-for-21 (.619) from three-point range in the game.
  • The Mount's 6-1 start in Northeast Conference play is the team's best-ever since joining the NEC in 1989-90.  The Mount has won four in a row for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
  • The Mountaineers are averaging 80.3 points over the past three games, shooting 52.7 percent from the field and 44.1 percent from three-point range.  Six players are averaging 9.0 or more points over that span.
  • The Mount is 3-1 on the road in NEC games this season.  The Mount has not had a winning record in NEC road games since going 6-3 during the 2007-08 season.
  • Mount St. Mary's shot 59.2 percent from the field in the 86-75 win over Sacred Heart.  The Mountaineers are 4-2 this season and 38-9 under head coach Jamion Christian when shooting 45 percent or better from the field.
  • The Mount leads the league in offensive efficiency at 109.0 in NEC games this season.  The Mountaineers have averaged 1.08 points per possession or better in each of the past five games, and has averaged at least 1.05 points per possession in seven of the past eight games.