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The Mount Soars Past LIU Brooklyn in NEC Opener

Senior Gregory Graves and Coach Jamion Christian are all smiles after defeating LIU Brooklyn - photo by Scott Zolotorow

Senior Gregory Graves and Coach Jamion Christian are all smiles after defeating LIU Brooklyn – photo by Scott Zolotorow

Mount St. Mary’s opened up their NEC play with a dominating 79-63 win Saturday against LIU Brooklyn. The extremely balanced Mountaineers had all five starters finish in double-figures, led by guard BK Ashe’s 16. They combined for 69 of the team’s 79 points.

The Mount dominated for virtually the entire game as their Mayhem pressure caused 21 Blackbird turnovers. They held LIU Brooklyn below their season average in points, field goal percentage and 3 point field goal percentage as the Blackbirds struggled to find open looks, especially in the second half.

Mount senior Forward Gregory Graves scored 14 points, while Chris Wray, Elijah Long, and Junior Robinson all scored 13. If you haven’t seen 5’5″ guard Junior Robinson play you are missing out. He is electric with the ball and is certainly not afraid to take the ball inside towards the trees to get points.

LIU’s Jerome Frink scored 16 while grabbing 10 rebounds for the game’s only double-double. He was the most dominant player on the floor, but his surrounding cast didn’t help him out to much. The rest of the team shot just 13/41 (31.7%).

Scott Zolotorow