St. Francis routs Mount, 89-69

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

EMMITSBURG -- Mount St. Mary's dug itself too deep of a hole last night.

Deon George scored 31 points, as St. Francis, Pa., scored 16 of the game's first 18 and went on to defeat Mount St. Mary's, 89-69, in a Northeast Conference game before 2,715 at Knott Arena.

St. Francis (7-15, 5-9) used trapping, swarming defenses to disrupt the Mount (10-12, 9-6). St. Francis 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 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.

St. Francis' effort on defense kept the Mount from establishing its offense. The Mount cut the lead to four late in the first half, but the Red Flash scored the first six points of the second half and never looked back.

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 keyed an 11-point run that put the Mount away.

After Kevin Booth made a jumper for the Mount to cut it to 57-44 with 9:13 left, George made a three-point play. He then 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.

Free throws were a big help to the Red Flash. It made 33 of 36 overall -- including 13 of 15 from George.

St. Francis took control right away. The Red Flash scored the first four before Chad Stull put Mount St. Mary's on the board with a layup off a McGuthrie feed.

The Red Flash then took command with a 12-0 run that gave it a 16-2 lead with 13:40 left in the half.

Temming scored seven on a three-point play, a dunk and two free throws to spark the run.

The Mount then slowly climbed back into the game. McGuthrie scored four in a 7-0 Mount run that cut the deficit to 23-13 with 6:59 left.

Booth later sparked a rally that drew the Mount closer. After McGuthrie hit two free throws, Booth made back-to-back jumpers to pull the Mount within 30-26 at 1:26.

Jason Roberts (14 points) answered for the Red Flash. He made two free throws 24 seconds later and added a three-pointer with two seconds left in the half for a 35-26 halftime lead.

Mount St. Mary's hit eight of 28 from the field in the first half. The Mount also turned the ball over 12 times, nine in the first eight minutes.

The only thing that stopped the game from turning into a blowout early was the poor shooting of St. Francis. The Red Flash made 11 of 28 in the half.

St. Francis took over in the second half. The Red Flash scored the first six of the half to extend its run to 11-0 and take a 41-26 lead.

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 SAINT 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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