Wagner beats Mt. St. Mary's as Hopson has hot hand

January 10, 1992|By Special to The Evening Sun

NEW YORK -- Sophomore guard Bobby Hopson scored 20 points, including the last five in an 11-0 run early in the second half, to lead Wagner (6-4, 1-0) to an 82-74 victory over Mount St. Mary's (3-9, 0-2) in a Northeast Conference game last night.

Leading 39-37 with 17:49 remaining, Wagner ran off 11 consecutive points.

Sophomore guard Quincy Lewis opened the run with a baseline jumper, and Hopson finished it with two breakaway layups off steals at midcourt. He converted the second into a three-point play after being fouled.

After the Mount cut the deficit to 50-41 on a Jeff Hall three-pointer and a Dan Kalinowski free throw, Lewis and Hopson sank a pair of three-pointers to increase the lead to 15.

Freshman Milan Rikic, one of four Yugoslavian newcomers for the Seahawks, scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half to help keep the Mount at bay.

The Mountaineers did cut the deficit to 73-63 with 1:47 to play as Kevin Booth, Phil Galvin and Jeff Hall scored three-pointers in a 9-2 Mount flurry, but a Rikic layup ended the rally.

The teams played evenly for the first nine minutes before the Seahawks opened a small lead. Wagner led 18-17 when Hopson scored four points in a 10-2 run that gave the hosts a 28-19 advantage.

Freshman Michael Watson, who had five points and six rebounds in the first half, fueled a Mount comeback, and when Bobby Hill scored to end the half, Wagner led by just 34-31.

Booth led the Mount with 24 points, 16 in the second half. Watson finished with nine points and nine rebounds.

For the Seahawks, Rikic added 18 points and center Miladin Mutavdzic had 16 points and a game-high 19 rebounds.

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