Senior guard and co-captain, Junior Robinson proved again he is the player you want the ball in the hands of with the clock winding down. After knocking down two free throws with just over two seconds left in overtime, he solidified the 84-82 victory in a charity game against the University of Delaware, Nov. 1 in Knott Arena. The game was organized in order to raise both awareness and money for relief efforts in Puerto Rico after the devastating hurricanes that recently hit. The money would go to Catholic Relief Services, an organization designed to provide humanitarian relief in response to natural disasters.
Robinson ended with a game high of 27 points; an assist to first year Bobby Planutis at the end of regulation sent the game into overtime. First year (R) Jonah Antonio provided a spark for the Mount, reviving them and bringing the game back within range, late in the first half and early into the second half. Antonio finished with 18 points, shooting 6-13 from deep and lighting up Knott Arena. Senior co-captain Greg Alexander finished with 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench providing the Mountaineer starters with a great substitution.
“We are encouraged about where our team is at this point in the year,” said Coach Jamion Christian, “But most of all we’re encouraged that all of these proceeds will go to Puerto Rico. That is really important to us.”
Christian was very happy with the exhibition match, saying, “That’s a good opponent in Delaware, they got a lot of guys back from last year.” “I can’t imagine having a better opener. We had a ton of in-game situations in both directions.”
Three days later, the men hosted Hood College in the annual exhibition game. Senior guard and co-captain Junior Robinson was back at it again, dropping 38 points in a 93-78 win.
Early on in the contest the Mount went on a 38-6 run with contributions coming from all over the floor. Along with Robinson, senior Greg Alexander, and first year trio Donald Carey, Omar Habwe and Ace Stallings all found the basket during the first half.
The Mount entered the locker room with a 25-point lead thanks to shooting a red hot 15-23 from deep in the first 20 minutes of play. Robinson scored 26 of his game-high 38 in the first half too, shooting 8-10 from behind the arc. Alexander again showed great signs, scoring 16 points and snagging 6 rebounds. Carey demonstrated his eagerness to stay on the court, grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists.
This was the third time the Mount has hosted Hood in an exhibition match. The Mount first started the tradition in 2015.