Mount St. Mary’s men’s basketball started the semester off with a bang, claiming victory over Sacred Heart University (86-75) on Jan. 19 and St. Francis Brooklyn (55-47), two days later.
The Mount started off against Sacred Heart strong, claiming 13 of the first 15 points of the game. Junior, Junior Robinson and Sophomore Elijah Long started the quarter off right, both scoring five points. First year Miles Wilson came up right behind them sinking a three pointer from the wing and forcing Sacred Heart to call a time-out with the score at 13-2, Mount. When play resumed, the boys did not leet up still, with Junior Greg Alexander and Wilson nailing back-to-back threes, bringing the Mount to a twenty-two point lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Mount maintained their twenty point lead for the remainder of the half with Alexander keeping his streak alive and once again sinking his fourth three point shot. The boys closed out the half leading 51-27, a record of points scored in the first half of a game for the team.
At the start of the second half, Sacred Heart came out swinging and went on a 26-2 point run, closing the score gap to only three points. The men held on though and with a layup from Junior Mowdo Sallah and five additional points from Wilson, they were able to clinch the lead once more.
The two teas battled for the remainder of the game, but ultimately the Mount was able to reign victorious with a final score of 86-75. The following Saturday, the team made their way up north to take on St. Francis Brooklyn.
Much like the previous game, the Mount came out strong with a 12-5 point lead. The terriers clapped back though and went on an eight point streak, managing their first lead over our boys.
The teams went almost shot for shot with the Mount leading by only one, until Long, Robinson and Sallah were able to grab eight of the last eleven points of the half, putting the boys on top, 29-23.
Once again the team came out hot, extending their six point lead to a solid ten point lead, with Alexander sinking a three and pushing the Mount’s lead to thirteen points. St. Francis was not going down without a fight, not yet anyhow. The echoed back with a 13-5 run, pulling them up once again to be within five points of the Mount.
In the end, the Mount again claimed victory with the final score at 55-47. The Mount will be returning home and facing off against Robert Morris this thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 P.M., the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt for the White Out game. However, if you cannot attend the game, tune into CBS Sports Network and show the team some love.