Men’s Basketball Returns with Three Wins

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind for the Mount Men’s Basketball team as they have had four games away to add to their record. To start off the four game road trip, the Mount faced Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pennsylvania on Feb. 9. There, the Mount slid past Robert Morris with a score of 74-70.

This game brought a career-high, as well as a career highlight, for Junior Robinson. The junior scored a career-high of 28 points, surpassing his high of 26 points scored last year. Paired with this, was the accomplishment of reaching 1,000 career points with a layup in the second half. Robinson is listed as the 47th player in program history to reach this accomplishment.

Other outstanding players included Greg Alexander, who hit triple three-pointers, tallied 11 points total for the game and reached a career-best of 7 rebounds. Miles Wilson and Elijah Long both set the Mount up with nine points each on the board, while Will Miller hit a pair of three-pointers to increase the score for the Mount.

The Mount was able to keep the lead in both halves of this game, eventually surpassing Robert Morris by four points to improve to a 13-13 overall record and an 11-2 record within the NEC.

The next stop on the road was to Loretto, Pennsylvania. to face Saint Francis University two days later. The Mount rolled past SFU 81-64 after a big second half. Leading scorers for the Mount included Long with a high of 24 points, Miles Wilson with 20, and Alexander with 15 on the board.

The first half was a close one with a final score of 42-38, giving both teams a fire in the start of the second half. Eight minutes in, the score was tied at 55-55, but a three-pointer from Alexander lit an additional flame for the Mount to start of a 24 straight point streak.

The third stop on the road, the Mount found themselves in Staten Island to face Wagner. The team fell to Wagner with a final score of 69-65 after Wagner made a comeback in the second half. Leading the scoreboard for the Mount was Robinson with 19 points and Mawdo Sallah with a career high of 14 points. In addition to Sallah’s 14 points, the redshirt sophomore also posted nine rebounds. Also high on the board for the Mount was Long with 12 points, and Chris Wray with eight points and 11 boards.

Within the last five minutes of the game, Wagner took its first lead by one point, 57-56. The Mount never rebounded from this drop of the lead, and ultimately fell to Wagner 69-65.

The final stop on the road was to Fairleigh Dickinson. The final game brought the trip full circle, ending the way it started, with a win and a new career high for the Mount. Long registered a career-high of 29 points, beating his previous high of 27 points which was also set this season, to end the road trip.

The Mount went into the half with a tied score of 40-40, but was able to surpass FDU with five points by the end of the contest. The game ended with a buzzer beater dunk by Wray to top off the trip. In addition to Long’s new career-high, he also to post six rebounds and five assists to help lead the Mount to a 15-14 overall record and a 13-3 record within NEC play.

The Mount will close out their regular season with two games at home. The first will be Feb. 23 against LIU Brooklyn, where the first 700 fans will receive a Jim Phelan bobblehead and the second on Feb. 25 against St. Francis Brooklyn, which will be Senior Day. Come support Mount at its final two regular season games of the year.

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