Smithfield, R.I. (February 10, 2018)—Mount St. Mary's saw its furious second-half comeback fall short in a 79-77 loss at Bryant on Saturday afternoon. Junior Robinson paced the Mount with 30 points, his second consecutive 30-point game. The Mountaineers had their five-game win streak snapped, and fall to 15-12 overall and 9-5 in the Northeast Conference.
Trailing 64-46 midway through the second half, the Mountaineers used a 14-0 run to get back into the game. Greg Alexander hit a pair of three-pointers in the run that Chris Wray capped with a bucket in the paint with 3:59 left to cut the Mount deficit to 64-60.
Bryant's Tanner Johnson responded with a three-pointer on the other end to push the lead back to seven. The Mount hung tough, cutting the deficit to 69-66 on a Robinson three-pointer with 1:54 remaining. Johnson again answered with a three-pointer to put Bryant (3-24, 2-12 NEC) ahead by six with 1:28 on the clock.
The Mount trailed 75-68 with 47 seconds left, but whittled the deficit to 77-75 with 12 seconds remaining after Robinson hit a pair of free throws. Bryant's Adam Grant hit 1-of-2 at the line with 7.1 seconds left, and Bryant fouled Robinson with 4.5 seconds on the clock. Robinson hit both shots to cut the Mount's deficit to 78-77, and the Mount fouled Bosko Kostur on the inbounds with 3.3 seconds on the clock.
Kostur hit the first of two free throws, but missed the second, and the Mount called timeout with 2.7 seconds left. The Mount sent the inbounds pass to the top of the key at the other end, but the ball was tipped. The Mount's Chris Wray was able to scoop up the loose ball, and sent a diving desperation three-point attempt from just the top of the key, but his shot hit the front of the rim, and bounced off, allowing Bryant to secure the win.
Robinson scored 12 of his game-high 30 points over the final 1:54 of the game. He was 8-of-17 from the field, 3-of-8 from three-point range, and 11-of-12 at the foul line in the loss. Wray finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals while Alexander chipped in 14 points off the bench, hitting 4-of-5 from three-point range.
Brandon Carroll led Bryant with 23 points and eight rebounds while Johnson and Ikenna Ndugba added 17 points each in the win. Grant added 13 points as Bryant shot 51.9 percent from the field and 12-of-27 (.444) from three-point range in the game. The Mount shot 52.0 percent and was 9-of-24 (.375) from beyond the arc.
Bryant started the game off strong, scoring the first eight points, including three-pointers from Grant and Johnson. The Mountaineers fought back with an 11-to-4 run to cut the deficit to 12-11 that was capped by Alexander's second three-pointer in the scoring spurt.
The Bulldogs rebuilt the lead back to eight points, 25-17, after a Kostur three-pointer. The Mount answered with the next nine points to take its first lead of the game, 26-25. Robinson started the run with a three-pointer while Wray scored the next six points to put the Mount ahead.
The lead was short-lived as Grant drained a three-pointer on the next possession to put Bryant ahead, 28-26. That started a 13-2 run that gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead of the game, 38-28, after Carroll slammed home a fast-break alley-oop pass from Grant. Robinson scored five in a row ahead of a Johnson lay-up that closed the half with Bryant leading, 40-33.
Bryant shot a sizzling 61.5 percent (16-of-26) from the field in the first half, including 7-of-13 (.538) from three-point range. The Mountaineers were 11-of-23 (.478) from the field in the half, and were 5-of-14 (.357) from beyond the arc.
The Mount returns home to face Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m. at Knott Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.