Mt. St. Mary's won for the third straight time and moved to within a game of first place Long Island with a 72-63 win over preseason favorite Quinnipiac at the Knott Arena on Saturday night.
A good all-around effort from the Mount that saw Shawn Atupem once again lead the offense with 17 points. But it was a balanced effort that saw five Mounties score more than 8 points. Freshman Josh Castellanos continued to shoot the ball well knocking down a couple of threes including a dagger in the second half and finished with 12. Raven Barber had 9, while Lamar Trice and Julian Norfleet chipped in with 8.
The Mount now shares second place with four conference teams all a game behind Long Island which was hammered 87-71 at St. Francis PA. Central Connecticut, Robert Morris, Wagner and the Mount all have identical 5-3 conference marks.
The Mount travels to CCSU and Bryant next weekend.
The Mount seized control of the game midway through the first half with a mix of inside and outside play. But QU as it had in the first meeting between the two schools was able to rally. However, this time the Mount had the answer, fending off several QPAC surges. Everytime the Bobcats would close the lead down the Mount would respond. Castellanos' three from the left hand wing finally gave the Mount the breathing room it needed to secure the victory.
A fine effort by the Mount and probably the best win in the Robert Burke era. 5 of the next 8 are at home and this team is starting to do some really good things and believe in itself.
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