New Britain, Conn. (January 27, 2014) -- With 2.0 seconds remaining and the score knotted up at 62-62, Jacqueline Brewer drained a pair of clutch free throws to help the Mount earn a 64-62 come-from-behind road victory against Central Connecticut State at Detrick Gymnasium on Monday night.
The Mount (10-10, 5-3 NEC) trailed CCSU (9-9, 3-5 NEC) by as many as 15 points in the first half before holding the Blue Devils to just 19 second-half points for the Mountaineers' first NEC road win this season. Defensively, the Mount tied a season high with 21 forced turnovers.
With CCSU up three points at 62-59 with 49 seconds to play, Sydney Henderson, who scored a team-high 14 points to lead the Mount, came up with a huge steal and three-pointer to level the score at 62-62 with 16.8 seconds on the clock. An errant pass by the Blue Devils landed out of bounds with 10.6 seconds left to give the Mount the ball with a chance to take the lead.
Brewer drove to the basket from the right-hand side and was fouled, setting up her game-winning free throws. Central Connecticut's desperation in-bounds pass was stolen by Ashley Christie to secure the win.
Henderson led four Mount players in double-figure scoring. Brewer netted 13, while Jessie Kaufman and Kayla Grossett added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Grossett also secured a team-high eight rebounds on the night.
Kaley Watras and Tejahne Malone scored 15 points apiece for the Blue Devils, who put together 36 points in the paint.
In first half action, Sarafina Arthur-Williams' layup gave the Mount a 20-19 edge with 9:53 to go before halftime. A 12-2 run by the Blue Devils over the next 4:30 was capped by a Jessica Babe layup with just over five minutes to play in the opening half for a 31-22 CCSU lead.
The Blue Devils' extended their advantage to 15 points at 40-25 with 2:30 left in the first half. Seven-consecutive points by the Mount highlighted by a Brewer three-pointer, trimmed the deficit to 40-32 before CCSU took a 43-34 halftime lead.
Both teams struggled to score early in the second half with the Mount holding Central Connecticut without a field goal for the first 4:59. The Mount went more than six minutes between field goals, scoring at the 17:22 mark and again with 10:48 remaining.
Down 49-40 with 11:13 to play, the Mount scored 14 of the next 16 points to come all the way back to take a 54-51 lead. Christie's layup and free throw with just under six minutes left gave the Mount the three-point cushion.
The score would be tied three more times and exchange hands twice the rest of the way, the last coming on Brewer's two free throws for the win.
The Mount connected on 21-of-57 shooting (36.8 percent), including 7-of-24 (29.2 percent) from three-point range.
The Mount returns to Knott Arena to face Robert Morris on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. as part of the Winter Homecoming celebration.
GAME NOTES: The Mount is off to a 5-3 start in Northeast Conference play for the second season in a row… The road win is the first for the Mount since Dec. 16, 2013 at American… The Mount leads the all-time series with CCSU, 20-10.