Emmitsburg, Md. (January 4, 2018)--Six players scored in double figures as Mount St. Mary's rolled to a 96-80 win over Bryant on Thursday night at Knott Arena. Junior Robinson led the way with 25 points and nine assists while Chris Wray added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
Robinson needed just eight shots for his 25-point night, connecting on 7-of-8 from the field, 2-of-3 from three-point range and 9-of-10 at the foul line. Wray filled the stat sheet with 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks as he recorded his second double-double of the season. Jonah Antonio chipped in 18 points, Greg Alexander 15, Donald Carey 11 and Bobby Planutis 10 as the Mount had six players reach double figures in scoring for the first time since March 2, 2013, against Fairleigh Dickinson.
Adam Grant led Bryant with a game-high 29 points, including 20 in the second half. The sophomore was 9-of-15 from three-point range in the game. Monty Urmilevicius and Bosko Kostur chipped in 10 points each in the loss.
The Mount (7-9, 1-2 NEC) used a 9-0 run to take a 25-13 lead midway through the first half. Antonio started the streak with a three-pointer ahead of a pair of Robinson free throws. Alexander added a three-pointer, Antonio a jumper, and Planutis a pair of free throws to cap the run to give the Mountaineers a 12-point advantage. After a quick 7-0 run by the Bulldogs made it 25-18, the Mount closed the half with a 20-to-7 spurt for a 45-25 lead at the break. The Mountaineers made four three-pointers during the run that was capped by a Robinson jumper from the foul line that bounced high of the back rim and through the basket at the buzzer.
The Mountaineers opened the second half with a 25-to-12 run to take its biggest lead of the game, 70-37, with 12:00 left in the game. Alexander hit three consecutive three-pointers during the streak, the last one giving the Mount a 66-37 advantage. Bryant (1-15, 0-3 NEC) scored the next 12 points, but Robinson banked home a 30-footer as the shot clock expired to end the run, giving the Mount a 24-point advantage with 9:32 left. The Mount was able to maintain a comfortable lead the rest of the way.
Mount St. Mary's shot 56.4 percent from the field, including 17-of-25 (.680) in the second half, in the victory. The Mount was 14-of-32 (.438) from three-point range while recording 21 assists on 31 basket. Bryant shot 47.0 percent overall and was 12-of-29 (.414) from beyond the arc.
The Mount is back in action on Saturday, January 6, when Central Connecticut visits Knott Arena. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. It is Youth Basketball Day with any youth wearing their basketball jersey receiving free admission. In addition, the Mount will recognize the 2008 NEC Championship team prior to the game.