Moon Township, Pa. (February 9, 2017) – Junior Robinson dropped a career-high 28 points and surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for his career, as he powered Mount St. Mary's University to a 74-70 victory over Robert Morris on Thursday night at the Sewall Center.
Robinson went 8-of-14 from the field and 9-of-11 from the line to go along with a trio of three-pointers for his career night, edging his previous career high of 26 points set last season against Sacred Heart. Robinson became the 47th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points with a layup midway through the second half.
Isaiah Still led Robert Morris with 17 points and seven boards, while Matty McConnell added 13 points and Clive Allen chipped in with 11.
With the victory, the Mountaineers improved to 13-13 overall and 11-2 in conference play, while Robert Morris dropped to 9-17 overall and 5-8 in the NEC.
Trailing 10-9 at the 13:06 mark of the first half, the Mountaineers went on an 8-2 run to jump back ahead. Will Miller knocked down a pair of three-pointers to fuel the run, putting the Mountaineers up by a 17-12 margin.
McConnell ended the Mount's rally with a three on the other end, which started an 11-4 Colonial run that gave the team its first lead since the early stages of the contest, 23-21.
Both teams traded buckets for much of the remainder of the half before Robinson hit back-to-back threes to close out the period, sending the Mount into the halftime break with a 34-32 advantage.
The Mount led by three early in the second half before scoring 11 of the game's next 13 points to extend its advantage to 50-38, marking the Mountaineers' largest lead of the contest.
During the rally, Robinson went end-to-end and worked his way into the paint before laying one off the glass and in, which put him over the 1,000 career point plateau and gave the Mount a 46-38 lead. Long followed with back-to-back jumpers to pad the team's lead to 50-38 at the midway mark of the half. The Colonials answered with a 10-2 run over the ensuing three minutes to cut their deficit to 52-48 at the 7:38 mark.
The Mount pushed its advantage back to 12, 69-57, with 3:42 to play, but the Colonials responded with the next 11 points, led by five points from Kavon Stewart. Stewart's final bucket of the run brought RMU within one, but he was assessed a technical foul following the basket, sending Robinson to the line for the Mount.
Robinson converted one-of-two technical free throws, and after a defensive stop from the Mount on the ensuing RMU possession, Robinson hit a tough layup in the paint to put the Mount up by four, 72-68, with 18 seconds showing on the clock.
Still converted a layup on the other end for the Colonials to bring them back within a pair, and Wilson was fouled on the ensuing in-bounds, sending the rookie to the line with the Mountaineers holding a 72-70 advantage with just 1.8 second remaining. Wilson hit a pair of clutch free throws to ice the game, as the Mount held on for the 74-70 victory.
The Mount continues its four-game road swing at Saint Francis U on Saturday, February 11 at 1 p.m.