LIU rallies from 9 down to defeat Mount, 82-75

January 12, 1992|By Special to The Sun

EMMITSBURG -- Long Island University rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit and went on to defeat Mount St. Mary's, 82-75, yesterday.

LIU's Joe Griffin scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds and sparked the Blackbirds in the second half.

With the Mount ahead, 45-41, with 18 minutes, 42 seconds to play, Griffin scored the Blackbirds' next 10, including a free throw with 14:44 remaining to give LIU a 51-50 lead.

The Mount's Michael Watson, who finished with career highs of 15 points and 14 rebounds, put his team back ahead with a rebound basket, but Timothy Pounds answered with a short jumper to give LIU the lead for good with 13:17 remaining.

Pounds scored seven in a 10-2 Long Island run midway through the half to break the game open. LIU led 62-61 with 9:25 remaining, and after Andre Cradle scored on a break off a steal with 4:58 to play, the Blackbirds had a 72-63 cushion.

Long Island shot 58 percent (18 of 31) from the floor in the #F second half, and the Mountaineers shot 29 percent (10 of 34) after 62 percent (16-of-26) in the first 20 minutes.

Cradle scored 16 of his 22 after halftime and added four steals. Pounds finished with 17 points and five steals for the Blackbirds, who forced 20 turnovers.

Mount St. Mary's opened as much as a 13-point lead in the first half, 36-23 with 6:46 remaining.

The Mount was seven of 10 on three-point field goals in the half, led by Jeff Hall, who was 3-for-3, and Phil Galvin, 2-for-3 and 10 first-half points.

Mount St. Mary's led, 43-34, at halftime, but LIU opened the second half with a 12-2 run.

F: Galvin led the Mount with 16 points, and Hall added 14. LONG ISLAND (3-9, 1-1) -- Griffin 10-13 7-12 27, Gaffney 0-4 0-0 0, Cradle 9-15 0-2 22, Jack 3-7 1-5 8, Pounds 7-15 3-6 17, Adebanjo 2-7 0-0 5, Smith 1-2 1-2 3. Totals: 32-63 12-27 82.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-10, 0-3) -- Stull 2-3 0-0 4, Hall 4-9 3-4 14Kalinowski 2-3 0-0 4, Booth 2-11 5-9 10, Galvin 6-13 0-0 16, Watson 6-9 3-3 15, Nanni 1-3 0-0 2, John 3-6 2-2 10, Carr 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 26-60 13-18 75.

Halftime--MSM, 43-34. 3-point goals--LIU 6-16 (Cradle 4-8, Jack 1-4, Adebanjo 1-4); MSM 10-24 (Stull 0-1, Hall 3-7, Booth 1-2, Galvin 4-9, Watson 0-1, Nanni 0-1, John 2-3). Rebounds--LIU 34 (Griffin 11); MSM 42 (Watson 14). Assists--LIU 17 (Jack 7); MSM 15 (Booth 7). Total fouls--LIU 17; MSM 21. Fouled out--Griffin, Pounds, Galvin. Technical fouls--Booth, Cradle. A--1,275.

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