St. Francis routs Mount, 89-69

February 16, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

EMMITSBURG -- St. Francis, Pa., trapped Mount St. Mary's last night.

St. Francis used a number of zones and traps to stop the Mount St. Mary's offense, and Deon George scored 31 points as the Red Flash defeated Mount St. Mary's, 89-69, in a Northeast Conference game before 2,715 at Knott Arena.

Mount St. Mary's (10-12, 9-6), in third place, two games behind first-place Rider, struggled from the start. St. Francis (7-15, 5-9) used a swarming, trapping defense that left the Mount ineffective on offense.

"It's the worst exhibition of the year," said Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan, who said his team's three technical fouls represented a first for him. "It was just a terrible, terrible exhibition."

St. Francis used a variety of zones and half-court traps. The Red Flash often double- and triple-teamed Chris McGuthrie, the team's leading scorer, forcing him to make bad passes or alter his shot.

McGuthrie, who scored 33 on Saturday night in a 96-75 victory over Robert Morris, scored 15 and made four of 13 from the field. Michael Watson added 13 for the Mount.

"I don't think we as a whole team were ready for their traps," said McGuthrie. "I wasn't prepared for it. The other guys weren't ready to step up."

St. Francis coach Tom McConnell said his team used a man-to-man defense during much of the first meeting, a 74-70 victory for the Mount.

This time, McConnell said he went to zones and traps to try to stop the Mount's strong outside shooting.

"Fortunately tonight, we caught them off-guard," said McConnell. "Fortunately for us, they didn't knock [the shots] down. I was really concerned about their shooting. They shoot an NBA three-pointer."

The Mount, however, made only four of 20 from three-point range.

The Red Flash made its shots, especially from the free-throw line. It hit 33 of 36 from the line, including 22 of 24 in the second half.

St. Francis took control from the start. The Red Flash scored 16 of the game's first 18 points.

The Mount cut the deficit to four late in the first half, but Jason Roberts (14 points) scored five straight to give the Red Flash a 35-26 halftime lead.

St. Francis blew the game open in the second half. The Red Flash hit 56 percent from the field (15 of 27) overall, but George sparked an 11-point run that put the Mount away.

After Kevin Booth (11 points) made a jumper for the Mount to cut it to 57-44 with 9:13 left, George made a three-point play. He added a free throw for a 61-44 lead.

George then fed Rob Wooster, who hit a three-pointer to stretch the lead to 20. Chris Temming (19 points) made two free throws, and George finished the run with a dunk on a follow-up to give the Red Flash a 68-44 lead with 8:06 left.

ST. FRANCIS (Pa.) -- Lewis 2-2 4-4 8, Temming 7-12 5-5 19, George 9-15 13-15 31, Roberts 4-9 4-4 14, Nelson 0-6 0-0 0, Wooster 2-7 0-0 6, Cloran 1-1 7-8 9, Fink 0-1 0-0 0, Diggs 1-1 0-0 2, Book 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-55 33-36 89.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S -- Balistrere 0-2 0-0 0, Stull 1-3 0-0 2, Meakin 0-1 0-0 0, Booth 4-11 2-2 11, McGuthrie 4-13 6-6 15, Watson 5-9 3-4 13, Nanni 4-7 2-3 10, John 5-8 0-0 11, Galvin 1-3 0-0 3, Carr 1-4 0-0 2, Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Hickey 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-64 13-15 69.

Halftime--St. Francis, 35-26. 3-point goals--SF 4-14 (George 0-1, Roberts 2-3, Nelson 0-3, Wooster 2-7); MSM 4-20 (Stull 0-1, Booth 1-6, McGuthrie 1-6, John 1-2, Galvin 1-1, Robinson 0-1, Hickey 0-1). Rebounds--SF 35 (George 9); MSM 36 (Nanni 6). Assists--SF 13 (Cloran 4); MSM 11 (McGuthrie 5). Total fouls--SF 18; MSM 22. A--2,715.

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