Brooklyn, N.Y. (December 31, 2017)—Mount St. Mary's fell at LIU Brooklyn, 71-57, in a Northeast Conference matchup on Sunday afternoon. Donald Carey and Junior Robinson each scored 12 points for the Mountaineers in the loss. The Mountaineers (6-9, 0-2 NEC) trailed 39-28 at the half, and were unable to get the deficit under double figures in the second half.
The Mount cut the deficit to 46-36 early in the second half on a Chris Wray lay-up, but LIU Brooklyn (6-9, 1-1 NEC) answered with a pair of three-pointers to push the lead back to 16. Robinson scored on a putback and then a lay-up off a steal to make it 57-46 with 6:54 left, but the Blackbirds responded again, stretching the advantage to 67-48 after a Jamall Robinson three-pointer.
The Mount was able to cut the gap to 67-57 on a Wray bucket with 1:28 on the clock, but LIU was able to secure the win by scoring the final four points.
Robinson had 12 points and three assists while Carey added 12 points (8-of-10 FT's) in the game. Wray again stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists and a pair of blocks.
Joel Hernandez led LIU Brooklyn with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists while Raiquan Clark added 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mount shot 38.8 percent in the game, including 7-of-24 (.292) from three-point range. LIU shot 55.6 percent overall and 11-of-21 (.524) from three-point range.
With score tied at 7-7 after a Robinson drive, the Blackbirds went on an 8-0 to take a 15-7 advantage. The Mount was able to cut the deficit to 18-14 on a Greg Alexander baseline jumper, but the Blackbirds answered with a 10-0 run to take its biggest lead of the half, 28-14.
Omar Habwe hit a three-pointer from the corner and a Bobby Planutis triple cut the deficit to 31-22. Jonah Antonio hit a three to cut the deficit to 36-28, but LIU's Julian Batts made his fourth three-pointer of the half for a 39-28 lead at the break.
It was a sloppy first half for the Mountaineers with 10 turnovers. The Mount shot 50.0 percent (10-of-20) and was 5-of-12 (.417) from beyond the arc. LIU Brooklyn shot 66.7 percent (14-of-21) in the first half while connecting on 7-of-9 (.778) from three-point range.
All nine players for the Mount who played scored in the first half, led by Robinson's five points. Batts had 12 points and Clark 11 in the opening 20 minutes.
The Mount returns to action on Thursday, January 4, when Bryant University visits Knott Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.