Delaware too tough for Mount Host team loses tourney title, 73-55

December 31, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

EMMITSBURG -- Delaware's superior athleticism was too much for Mount St. Mary's last night.

The Blue Hens refused to wilt under some mid-game pressure, then went on to capture the Mount's Holiday Tournament with a 73-55 championship game victory.

With tournament MVP Spencer Dunkley collecting 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots, Delaware steadily pulled away from a 43-39 advantage to widen the margin the rest of the way.

"We got back to within four and we flattened out again," said Mount coach Jim Phelan. "They turned it up another click or something.

"But we still had too much standing around. Against a team like Delaware, you've got to make your open shots because they keep you from getting second ones."

Also named to the all-tournament team were forward Anthony Wright and guard Brian Pearl of Delaware, Mount's Chris McGuthrie and Anthony Carr, and guard Scott Hartzell of third-place UNC-Greensboro.

The Mount (1-5) got its first victory of the season in the first round, beating Army, 70-66, in overtime. They stayed with Delaware on the early scoring of McGuthrie and some late assertion by Carr, who had eight of his 10 points in the second half.

But Delaware (6-3) simply had too much talent, shooting 56.4 percent (31 of 55) and out-rebounding the Mount, 41-31.

Mount St. Mary's shooting efficiency dwindled badly down the stretch after McGuthrie hit his final basket to trim the gap to 57-51 with 7:33 left.

The Mount did not have another basket until Phil Galvin hit a short jumper at 1:16 with Delaware leading by 16.

"We wanted to keep McGuthrie out of the lane as much as possible," said Blue Hens coach Steve Steinwedel. "We needed to be between him and the basket. In the second half, we did that and got to him defensively a little bit."

McGuthrie's 16 points equaled his season low. He was averaging 22.8 entering the game.

When the Mount closed to 43-39, Dunkley scored inside and Wright followed with a behind-the-back dribble and finishing layup off a turnover.

Mount St. Mary's was never again closer than six in losing the title in its holiday tournament for only the third time in 13 editions. The Mount has a 23-3 game record in this event.

Delaware twice forged a 17-point lead, the second at 35-18, before committing a flurry of turnovers that allowed the Mount back in.

The Mount played a lot of zone defense in an effort to counter the 6-foot-11 Dunkley, but had only moderate success as Ricky Deadwyler knocked in two straight three-pointers to offset the strategy and start the big Delaware run.

McGuthrie led the Mount with 10 points as Kevin Booth went scoreless, missing all three of his three-point attempts.

In the consolation game, UNC-Greensboro capitalized on Army's poor marksmanship for an easy 67-47 victory.

The Cadets (1-6) hit only six first-half field goals, two from three-point range, and fell behind by 15 points. Army, with 11 freshmen, shot 33.9 percent from the floor and sank just four of 19 three-point attempts. The Spartans (2-6) hit 52.4 percent.

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