Loretto, Pa. (February 11, 2017) – Mount St. Mary's University rolled to an 81-62 victory at Saint Francis U on Saturday afternoon behind a 24-0 run in the second half. Elijah Long registered a game-high 25 points, whiles Miles Wilson added 20 and Greg Alexander chipped in with 15.
With the game tied at 55-55 with 11:48 remaining in the contest, Greg Alexander hit a corner three to ignite what would be 24 straight points from the Mount. Miles Wilson followed with back-to-back three-pointers before Alexander knocked down another off an assist from Long. Long hit a pair of threes on the ensuing possessions to make it 18 straight for the Mount as all 18 came from long range. Mawdo Sallah scored four of the team's next six points, including a big slam to cap off the 24-0 run as the Mountaineers opened a 79-55 advantage with just 3:37 left in the contest. Mount St. Mary's held Saint Francis U scoreless for an eight-plus minute stretch during the run.
The huge Mount St. Mary's rally essentially iced the game as the Mount closed out the 81-62 victory for its 10th win in the last 11 games. With the victory, the Mountaineers remain atop the Northeast Conference with a 12-2 league mark and 14-13 overall record.
Elijah Long led all scorers in the game with 25 points on 10-14 shooting and a 5-for-8 mark from downtown as he finished just two points shy of his career high. Long also added eight assists and six rebounds in the contest. Wilson tallied 20 points, going 8-of-16 from the floor, including a trio of three-pointers, to go along with seven rebounds. All of Alexander's 15 points came from downtown as he matched Long with five three-pointers in the game.
The Mount shot 51.6-percent (33-64) in the contest and 45.2-percent (14-31) from long range. The 14 three-pointers made are the second-most for the Mountaineers in a game this season, trailing only the Coppin State tilt when they knocked down 16.
Wilson had the hot hand early in the contest, scoring seven of the team's first nine points to give the Mount a 9-8 lead heading into the first media timeout. The Red Flash answered with seven straight coming out of the break to jump ahead, 15-9.
The Mount came back to tie the game at 17-17 three minutes later behind an 8-2 run. Junior Robinson ignited the rally with a three-pointer from the wing, and Long capped it off with a pair of buckets to even things up midway through the stanza.
Trailing 25-19 at the 8:16 mark, Mount St. Mary's rattled off 12 straight points to grab its largest lead of the first half, 31-25. Long started it with a jumper in the paint before he and Alexander knocked down back-to-back corner threes to make it 29-25. Long finished the rally off with an off-balanced jumper to put the Mount up six, 31-25.
The Red Flash re-took the lead, 32-31, with 3:15 remaining in the half, and the teams traded buckets much of the rest of the way before Long hit his third three-pointer of the half in the final seconds to send the Mount into the halftime break with a 42-38 advantage.
Saint Francis U was able to grab its first advantage of the second half following back-to-back three-pointers from Jamaal King, as he put the Red Flash on top, 49-48.
After tying the game at 55-all just under four minutes later, the Mount began its 24-0, which proved to be the game-deciding stretch.
Keith Braxton paced the Red Flash in the contest with a team-high 14 points and six rebounds, while Randall Gaskins Jr. and Jamaal King each added 10 apiece.
The Mount returns to action on February 16 at Wagner at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.