Mount St. Mary's Men's Welcomes Hood College for Men's Basketball Exhibition Game on Saturday

Mount St. Mary's Men's Welcomes Hood College for Men's Basketball Exhibition Game on Saturday

MOUNT ST. MARY'S vs. HOOD
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Knott Arena, Emmitsburg, Md.

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The Mount St. Mary's University men's basketball team hosts Hood College in an exhibition game on Saturday, November 4, at 4:00 p.m. in the final tuneup before the start of the regular season.

THE MOUNT vs. HOOD:  The Mount and Hood will be meeting in an exhibition game at Knott Arena for the third consecutive season.  Last year, Will Miller hit seven three-pointers en route to a game-high 22 points to lead Mount St. Mary's to an 89-65 win.  The Mount led 40-32 at the half, and saw Hood cut the deficit to four on a Tanner Ruths four-point play on the opening possession of the second half.  The Mount responded with a 26-to-4 run to take control of the game.  Greg Alexander and Junior Robinson started the run with back-to-back three-pointers before Hood's Luke Casey hit a pair of free throws to make it 48-38 with 16:46 left in the game.  Miller then took over, drilling four three-pointers over a span of 2:41 as the Mount was able to stretch its lead to 20 points.  Elijah Long added four points and Ryan Gomes a lay-up to make it 66-40 with just under 10 minutes left in the game. 

Miller led the Mount with 22 points in 22 minutes of action, connecting on 7-of-11 shots from three-point range.  Gomes chipped in 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting off the bench for the Mountaineers while the backcourt tandem of Robinson (10 points, seven assists) and Long (10 points, five assists) had solid outings as well. Drew Billingsley led Hood with 17 points, hitting 6-of-7 from the floor in just 15 minutes of action.  Casey added 11 points and eight boards for the Blazers.  Click HERE for a full recap.

NEC PRESEASON POLL:  Mount St. Mary's, the defending Northeast Conference (NEC) men's basketball champions, have been selected to finish fourth in the annual NEC Preseason Coaches Poll while senior guard Junior Robinson was selected to the Preseason All-NEC team.  Click HERE for the full release.

MOUNT TOPS DELAWARE IN CHARITY EXHIBITION GAME:  Junior Robinson hit a pair of free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Mount St. Mary's past Delaware, 84-82, in a charity exhibition game at Knott Arena on Wednesday night.  Robinson finished the contest with a game-high 27 points while adding eight assists.  The game was played to raise awareness and financial support for hurricane relief efforts with all proceeds from the game being donated to Catholic Relief Services to aid Hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.  Robinson scored eight of his 27 points in the overtime period to lead the Mountaineers to the win.  He finished the game 7-for-20 from the field, 4-of-8 from three-point range, and 9-of-14 at the foul line while adding a game-high eight assists in 39 minutes of action.  Redshirt freshman Jonah Antonio added 18 points, hitting 6-of-13 from three-point range in the victory.  Senior Greg Alexander chipped in 16 points and seven boards off the bench.  Freshman Bobby Planutis added eight points and eight rebounds with fellow freshman Donald Carey chipping in seven points, five assists and three boards.  Full Box Score.

SEASON OPENER UP NEXT:  Mount St. Mary's begins its 109th season of basketball at Marquette on Friday, November 10, at 9:00 p.m. ET with the game airing live on Fox Sports Wisconsin.  The Mountaineers are 57-51 all-time in season openers, but are just 3-26 in season openers since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89.  This will be the second time the Mount has opened at Marquette.  The Mountaineers lost to Marquette, 91-37, on Nov. 11, 2011.  The Mount's last win in a season-opening game was an 84-76 victory at Loyola on Nov. 14, 2008.

A DOZEN FRESHMAN:  Mount St. Mary's head coach Jamion Christian's roster will feature 12 freshmen in 2017-18.  Redshirt freshmen Jonah Antonio, Brandon Leftwich and Jack Vukelich are joined by true freshmen Donald Carey, Odri Dedolli, Omar Habwe, Damon'te Moore, Nana Opoku, Bobby Planutis, Ace Stallings, James West IV and Ross Young.  The remainder of the roster includes three seniors (Greg Alexander, Junior Robinson, Chris Wray) and sophomore Ryan Gomes.