Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. (January 21, 2017) – Mount St. Mary's continued its best start to Northeast Conference play in program history with a 55-47 victory at St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday as the Mountaineers improved to 7-1 in conference. Junior Robinson dropped a game-high 19 points, and Elijah Long registered a double-double with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to lead the Mount to victory.
Robinson went 7-for-11 from the field and connected on a trio of three-pointers (3-6) as he collected his 16th double-figure scoring night of the season. Long's double-double was the second of his career and second in his last four games after a 14-point, 12-assist performance vs. Fairleigh Dickinson last Thursday.
The Mount (9-12, 7-1 NEC) grabbed a 12-5 lead early in the game following consecutive buckets from Junior Robinson as he converted a layup in transition and knocked down a long three-pointer. The Terriers answered back with the next eight points to open a 13-12 lead, marking their first advantage since the opening minutes of the contest.
Holding a 21-20 edge with 4:34 remaining in the half, the Mountaineers closed the period by scoring eight of the half's final 11 points, led by five from Long, to take a six-point advantage, 29-23, into the halftime break. Robinson paced the squad with eight first-half points, while Long and Mawdo Sallah added five apiece.
Leading by six at the opening of the second half, the Mount extended its lead to 10, 39-29 at the first media timeout of the period. A corner three from Greg Alexander minutes later pushed the Mountaineer advantage to 42-29, marking their largest lead of the tilt.
St. Francis Brooklyn (4-17, 2-6 NEC) got back into the contest with a 13-5 run over a five-plus minute stretch to cut the deficit to 47-42 at the 6:47 mark. Gianni Ford led the rally with five points, including a key three-pointer to ignite the run.
Glenn Sanabria trimmed it to five with a three-pointer from the wing at the 2:08 mark, but Robinson answered with a tough drive and layup in the lane to push it back to seven, 52-45, with just 1:27 showing on the clock.
The Mount hit three of four free throws in the final minute to secure the 55-47 victory and move to 9-12 overall and 7-1 in conference.
Rasheem Dunn paced the Terriers with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Yunus Hopkinson added 10.
The Mount returns to Emmitsburg for a matchup with Robert Morris on January 26 at 7 p.m. The game will air on CBS Sports Network, and the first 1,000 fans will receive a free t-shirt for the White Out game.