Jan 27, 2017
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (10-12, 8-1 NEC) vs. SACRED HEART (8-14, 3-6 NEC)
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Knott Arena, Emmitsburg, Md.
MOUNT STORY LINES
- Mount St. Mary's held off Robert Morris, 48-47, in a defensive struggle on Thursday night at Knott Arena. Robert Morris scored the first 15 points of the second half to take a 35-25 lead. The Mount rallied, taking a 45-44 lead on a pair of Elijah Long free throws with just over four minutes left. A minute later, Long converted a traditional three-point play to make it a 48-44 game. The Mount defense was able to hold on for the win. The Mountaineers made a stop of 13 of the final 15 Robert Morris possessions. Junior Robinson led the Mount with a game-high 18 points.
- The Mount's 8-1 start in Northeast Conference play is the team's best-ever since joining the NEC in 1989-90. The Mount has won six in a row for the first time since a nine-game win streak in February/March of 2013.
- Junior Robinson paced the Mountaineers with 18 points in the win over Robert Morris. Robinson is averaging 18.0 points over the past three games, shooting 56.7 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from three-point range. He is averaging 13.2 points on the year, including a team-high 14.6 points per game in conference play.
- The Mount has picked it up on the defensive end, allowing just 47 points in each of the past two games. The last time the Mount held consecutive opponents under 50 points was December of 2011.
- In the KenPom efficiency ratings, the Mount has moved to second in the Northeast Conference in league games in defensive efficiency (95.5) while the offense is third (102.8). The Mount is the only team in the league to rank in the top three in both categories.
- Mount St. Mary's has won five in a row at Knott Arena after opening the home schedule with losses to UMBC and Lehigh. The Mount has a 43-14 (.754) record at home under head coach Jamion Christian.