Staten Island, N.Y. (February 16, 2017) – The Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team led for nearly the entire game, but a second-half comeback from Wagner lifted the Seahawks to a 69-65 victory at the Spiros Center on Thursday night.
Junior Robinson tallied a team-high 19 points to lead the Mount, while Mawdo Sallah added a career-high 14 points to go along with nine rebounds as the redshirt sophomore finished just one rebound shy of a double-double. Elijah Long added 12 points and five rebounds, and Chris Wray chipped in with eight points and 11 boards.
Blake Francis led all scorers in the contest with 20 points for Wagner, and Michael Carey (16p, 13r) and Mike Aaman (10p,11r) both finished with double-doubles.
The Mount led for the first 34-plus minutes in the contest before Wagner took its first advantage with 3:20 remaining. The Seahawks were able to hold off the Mount in the final minutes for the four-point victory.
The Mount (14-14, 12-3 NEC) built a nine-point advantage midway through the first half behind a 9-2 run. Long opened the run with a layup before Greg Alexander followed with a three-pointer from the wing. After a bucket from Wagner on the other end, Robinson and Long nailed back-to-back jumpers to push the Mountaineer lead to 18-9 at the 10:04 mark.
The Mountaineers pushed the advantage to 25-14 with 7:06 remaining, and opened their largest advantage of the contest, 32-18, three minutes later after scoring six straight, including an Alexander three to cap it off. The Mount closed out the half with a 36-25 as Long dropped 10 points and Robinson added eight in the frame.
A three-pointer from Elijah Davis and jumper from Carey on consecutive possessions early in the second half cut the Wagner deficit to six, but Wray and Sallah responded with buckets to push the Mount's lead back to 49-39 at the 13:20 mark.
The Seahawks (13-12, 8-7 NEC) went on an 8-2 run over the next four minutes, fueled by five points from JoJo Cooper, to bring them within four, 51-47, with 9:22 showing on the clock.
Wagner pulled within one at the 4:18 mark and took its first lead of the contest, 57-56, a minute later on a layup from Aaman. After a Mount turnover on the ensuing possession, Carey converted a pair of buckets to extend the Seahawks lead to 61-56.
With the Mount trailing 63-58 with under a minute remaining in the game, Robinson converted a traditional three-point play to bring the Mount within two, 65-63.
After Francis and Robinson traded a pair of free throws on the next pair of possessions, Francis knocked down two more at the line with 14 seconds remaining, pushing the Wagner advantage to 69-65.
The Mount had a pair of opportunities from three-point land on the other end, but Robinson and Long came up empty as Wagner held on for the 69-65 win.
Mount St. Mary's shot 41.4-percent (24-58) in the contest compared to a 45.5-percent (25-55) mark from Wagner. The Seahawks also shot 46.7-percent (7-15) from long range.
The Mount continues its road swing on Saturday at Fairleigh Dickinson at 4 p.m.