Junior guard Chris Martin had a career high 22 points to come off the bench and lead the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers to a thunderous victory at home against the Central Connecticut Blue Devils. The Mountaineers, who had a tough non-conference schedule and 2 consecutive defeats to start NEC conference play, got into the game early with a 10-0 run to start, and never looked back, winning 82-51.
The 'Eers got what they've been needing tonight with a huge dose of scoring from their deep bench, as the bench scored 50 points compared to CCST's 51 total points. Byron Ashe came off of his seat and helped Martin in the backcourt, having 11 points of his own. Floor general Junior Robinson was a great contributer, getting 10 points and dishing 5 assists. Andrew Smeathers was a force under the basket, scoring 10 and grabbing 6 rebounds. The team as a whole was very efficient, only committing 4 turnovers.
Central Connecticut's 7th loss in a row came through very poor shooting, going 18-57 as a team. Faronte Drakeford was massive in the paint in the rebounding category, garnering a whopping 17, but the big man couldn't buy a bucket, going 3-15 shooting tonight. Shakaris Laney came off the bench for 8 points and 2 three-pointers, and Kevin Seymour was good at creating some offense with 7 points and 7 assists. However, the team couldn't find a rhythm, and led the speedy Mountaineers blow them out of the water.
Howie Dickenman's 19th year as Blue Devils head coach is really going sour, with defense becoming a massive issue every game. The team will try to find some answers on Saturday against Robert Morris. Mount St. Mary's, in their quest for another NCAA tournament bid, may be starting to figure things out. They have a big date at home against conference leading St. Francis of New York on Saturday.