Saturday, February 09, 2008

Surviving on the Road

The Mount used three pointers on three straight possessions in the closing minutes on Saturday night's game at Monmouth to pull away from the host Hawks and win 76-66.

Kelly Beidler passed up looks on the first two threes finding Will Holland and then Chris Vann for the open looks. Vann buried the third one as the shot clock was expiring off a feed from Jeremy Goode from about 25 feet to secure the victory.

The win pushes the Mount back over 500 in NEC play at 7-6 and in sixth place, one game behind Central Connecticut State, who has been very good of late.

It wasn't the best of wins for the Mount, but it was a much needed one. Monmouth is now 2-10 in the league and played without its leading scorer in Jhamar Youngblood.

The Mounties were very balanced offensively as Goode finished with 15 and despite shooting poorly early Chris Vann made three crucial treys late to finish with 15 as well. Vann's first three broke a 52-all tie. Holland also got into double figures and finished with 11 with some key foul shots.

Shawn Atupem played very well in extended minutes off the bench, and makes you wish he wouldn't have fouled out with 16 minutes to go in Thursday night's overtime loss to Wagner. Atupem has been getting better all season long, and had a huge dunk in traffic among his 10 points tonight.

The Mount led by nine in the first half but saw that lead get away and had to rally for the win in the second half. As I mentioned earlier it wasn't the prettiest of wins. But its a win, and the Mount needed it and will take it.

You may want to check some of the final numbers, as I couldn't find a box score, but I think they are pretty accurate.

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