Mount St. Mary's rallies to defeat St. Francis, 74-70

January 15, 1993|By Special to The Sun

LORETTO, Pa. -- Sophomore Michael Watson scored 14 of his team-high 19 points in the second half to lead Mount St. Mary's (5-7, 4-1) to its third straight win, a 74-70 Northeast Conference victory over St. Francis of Pennsylvania (3-9, 1-3).

The Mountaineers shot 67 percent in the second half for theifirst win in St. Francis' Stokes Center.

St. Francis, which had led by as many as 10 points in the firshalf, held a 35-32 halftime lead behind the scoring of forward Deon George. George had 17 of his career-high 26 points in the first 20 minutes.

The Red Flash opened the second half with an 8-2 run and took 43-34 lead on two free throws by Jason Roberts with 17:53 left.

Mount freshman Chris McGuthrie, who twice was forced to thsidelines with cramps and finished with a season-low 13 points, scored on a breakaway and added a three-pointer in a 7-0 Mount St. Mary's stretch to cut the lead to 43-41. Trailing 55-47 with 11:36 to go, the Mountaineers scored nine straight to take a 56-55 lead.

The lead changed hands eight times in the next 2:15. Thesophomore Chris Temming's three-point play with 4:51 to go sparked a 5-0 run to put St. Francis ahead 68-63.

The Mount's Phil Galvin (14 points) scored on a three-pointer tcut the deficit to two, and McGuthrie tied the score at 68 on two free throws. Watson gave the Mount the lead on a slam off a pass from McGuthrie with 2:16 left.

George made two free throws at 1:59 to tie the score, buWatson answered with a baseline drive, which put Mount St. Mary's ahead to stay.

St. Francis' Terry Holliman missed a three-pointer that coulhave given the hosts the lead with just under a minute, but McGuthrie iced the victory for the Mount with a jumper with 16 seconds remaining.

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