The Mount St. Mary’s University Men’s Basketball team hosted their first home game of the season on Nov. 21. The team welcomed York College to Knott Arena as a part of the Maui on the Mainland series of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational and it proved to be a good night for the Mountaineers.
Senior guard Junior Robinson posted a game-high of 27 points for the Mount, with redshirt first year Jonah Antonio closely following suit, posting 23 points of his own in addition to 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Of the 23 points, Antonio scored an impressive 18 of them at the three-point line. First year Donald Carey also had his first career double-double at the home opener with 11 points and a career-high 12 assists for the team. Senior Greg Alexander was also able to add 15 points to the board for the squad.
The Mount was able to keep the lead throughout the whole game, going out with a bang and ultimately beating York with a score of 91-80 to make it the 1500th win in the program’s history.
The Mountaineers then traveled to Athens, Ohio on Nov. 24 to face Ohio University. The Mount and Ohio went back and forth multiple times in the first half, but the Mount trailed by double-digits by halftime.
Ohio jumped into the second half strong, slowing the Mount in the final minutes to post a win of 96-77. Robinson led the Mount with 21 points and a career-high 10 assists to make for the first double-double of his career. Antonio put 19 points of his own on the board, registering most of them from his five three-pointers of the game. Sophomore Ryan Gomes added a career-high 14 points, going 7-for-9 on the court.
The Mount came back home for a game against Morgan State University on Nov. 27. The Mountaineers kept a close game, but fell to the Bears, 69-63, dropping the Mount to 2-5.
The Mount was able to rally towards the end of the game with a 14-to-3 run to cut the deficit of 57-46 that Morgan State held as the last three minutes of the game wound down. The game was full of constant call and answers from both teams, but the Mount could not pull through. Leading the Mount with 13 points each were Robinson and Carey.
After the Morgan State game, head coach Jamion Christian said, “Obviously it just wasn’t our night. We made too many mistakes over the course of the game. On the positive, towards the end of the game, we were able to get the tempo to the kinds of way we wanted it and I felt like that was the first time all year we were able to do that. I’m going to take that out, be really encouraging with it, look at the film and see where we need to do a little better.”
Jamison’s team ranks ninth in the nation in three point attempts made per game, averaging 30. Jamison added that, “We gotta make the shots. The percentage we shot out of the open shots tonight wasn’t where we needed to be at. We are averaging 10 threes per game, if we just made two more threes, we’re right where we need to be at to win a game.”
On Saturday, Dec. 2, the team faced Loyola University Maryland in the 173rd Catholic Clash.
The Mount was able to secure a win over the Greyhounds in an exciting game, with constant back-and-forth game leaders. The game went into overtime at 69-69, but the Mount was finally able to break away by scoring 11 points in overtime, nine of which were scored by Robinson, compared to six by Loyola.
Robinson led the Mount with his own career-high of 39 points throughout the game by going 10-of-23 from the field, 4-of-7 from three-point range, and 15-of-16 in free throws. In addition to his points scored, Robinson had four assists, four rebounds and three steals in the duration of the game. Antonio added 14 points of his own with six rebounds, while Carey threw in nine points, five assists and four rebounds to boot. Alexander added eight points and two blocks on the court for the Mount.
This was the Mount’s 100th win against the Greyhounds, making them 100-73 in the all-time series that began in 1910.