McGuthrie's 27 pace Mount over Monmouth

January 31, 1993|By Special to The Sun

WEST LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY — WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- With Jim Phelan's 700th victory history, the Mount St. Mary's basketball team can focus on the conference race.

DTC And, after last night's 89-71 victory at Monmouth, the Mountaineers (8-8, 7-2) completed their first half in the Northeast Conference in first place.

Freshman point guard Chris McGuthrie matched his career high with 27 points and had eight assists, and forward Michael Watson controlled the paint with 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots.

McGuthrie was matched up for most of the evening with Monmouth's freshman sensation, John Giraldo, who had 26 points and four assists.

McGuthrie and Watson led a late first-half surge, as the Mount opened a 38-27 lead with 2:12 left. McGuthrie hit a pair of three-point shots and Watson had two baskets off rebounds to )) ignite a 12-2 run.

The Mountaineers led 40-34 at intermission, but Monmouth (7-10, 4-5) opened the second half with three quick baskets to tie the score with 18:07 to play. Giraldo had two of the scores, both off steals.

Mount St. Mary's quickly rebounded with a 9-2 stretch to regain control. Dave Nanni started the stretch with an offensive rebound and put-back, McGuthrie hit a three-pointer, and Anthony Carr (10 points, 12 rebounds) scored off a rebound.

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