In front of a packed house on Saturday afternoon, senior Junior Robinson led the Mount to its seventh consecutive win at Knott Arena, toppling St. Francis Brooklyn (9-3) (6-4 NEC) 86-72. This win moved them to 12-11 on the year and 6-4 in conference play, putting them in a three way tie for third place in the NEC.
Robinson would finish with 27 points along with three other players. First-year redshirt Jonah Antonio scored 15 points, first-year Bobby Planutis had a career high of 12 points and first-year Donald Carey put up 14 of his own. Antonio would also go on to lead the Mountaineers in rebounds with eight. Senior Chris Wray would also go on to show out on the scorecard, tallying up nine points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals in total.
The Mountaineers would enter the halftime break with a commanding 43-34 lead in front of the homecoming crowd. An energetic start to the second half pushed the Mount up to a 51-34 advantage thanks to a dunk from Wray and consecutive three-pointers from Antonio and Robinson. The Terriers would go on a 13-4 run, cutting the Mount lead to just eight. A quick response from junior Greg Alexander and Carey drilling home consecutive buckets, pushed the lead back to double digits and would prove to be too much for the Terriers down the stretch.
Thanks to some clutch free-throw shooting from Robinson, the Mount put away St. Francis Brooklyn to secure a perfect 5-0 record at home in the NEC this season.
Head Coach Jamion Christian was very pleased with his team’s efforts on Saturday. “Homecoming is always a special time of year for these guys and it showed. I thought our effort and intensity today was great” said Christian.
When asked what it is like playing in a home crowd environment, like the one Homecoming weekend always provides, Robinson replied, “It gives you such an advantage. Seeing your old teammates in the stands and watching the arena fill up gives you an edge that often times is hard to match. I’m just glad we could come out and get our fans a win.”
The Mountaineers are back in action on Thursday, Feb. 1, as they hit the road to take on second place Robert Morris and look to improve their NEC ranking.