As the new year rolls around, the Mount community has been preparing for a new academic season, whilst the basketball team is amidst the most important part of their season; NEC play.
The Men’s Basketball team kicked off Northeast conference play just before the new year, and since, have earned a record of 5-4.
Last time out on the road, the men took a quick trip to New York and New Jersey to face St. Francis Brooklyn and Fairleigh Dickinson University. The Mountaineers took the court against the Terriers first on Jan. 18. The men led the Terriers going into the second half, with a score of 48-42. Two minutes later, after a pair of free throws from first-year Bobby Planutis, the Mount was held scoreless over the next seven minutes, while St. Francis Brooklyn went on a 13-0 run. The Mount was not able to respond with a strong offensive run, and ultimately lost the game by a score of 81-73. Senior Junior Robinson led the Mount with 21 points.
The Mount then traveled down to New Jersey to face Fairleigh Dickinson in Madison, NJ. The Mount once again, had the lead early in the second half, but FDU went on an 18-to-3 run to leave the Mount just short. A late surge in the second half allowed the Mount to trail closely behind FDU, but they were not able to come out with the win after an attempted three-point buzzer-beater from Robinson.
Robinson led the Mount with 19 point and seven assists, with first-year Jonah Antonio trailing behind him, adding 17 points to the board with five shots from three-point range. In addition, first-year Omar Habwe added a career-high 11 points throughout the span of the game.
It was senior Christopher Wray that provided the most exciting performance of the season so far during the game by completely stacking the stats sheet. Wray not only completed his third double-double of the season, but did it with 12 points, 13 rebounds, five steals, three assists and three blocks. Wray is the first player in the country this season, and second within the past eight years to finish a game with these statistics, the last being Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons with 43 points, 14 rebounds, five steals, seven assists, and three blocks for Louisiana State University on Dec. 26 2015.