Late spree by Street carries Wagner past Mount, 82-69

February 11, 1994|By Special to The Sun

NEW YORK -- Senior guard Lamont Street scored 26 points last night, including nine straight late in the game, to lift Wagner to an 82-69 Northeast Conference victory over Mount St. Mary's.

The Seahawks (12-9, 8-5), winners of their past five, led 64-59 when Street took over. He hit a three-pointer with 5:12 left, and after making a field goal and a free throw, connected on another three-pointer to give Wagner a 73-66 lead with 1:40 to play.

In the first half, Wagner used a 13-3 run to take a 20-11 lead at the 11:24 mark. Bobby Hopson ignited the rally with his second consecutive three-pointer at the 13:03 mark.

The Mountaineers (12-10, 8-6) climbed back and tied it at 32 on Sefton Robinson's two free throws with 2:25 remaining.

Chris McGuthrie, who broke out of a five-game slump with 15 first-half points and 23 overall, put the Mount ahead 37-35 with a three-pointer with 50 seconds left, but Street answered with a three-pointer with 12 seconds to play to give the hosts a 38-37 lead at the break.

As the first half ended, several players on each team got into a shoving match, and the Mount's Matt Meakin was assessed a technical foul. Street made both free throws before the second half started to give Wagner a 40-37 halftime edge.

"The incident was a factor because we worked so hard to get back in the game," said Mount coach Jim Phelan.

Phelan did give Wagner credit, however.

"They seemed to hit all of the big threes, including one or two that got very kind bounces," he said. "When that happens, you know it's not your night."

Wagner finished 9-for-20 from long range, the Mount 5-for-24.

"It seemed like two different games from the first half to the second half," said Wagner coach Tim Capstraw.

"They had us scouted real well, and I thought we both played pretty good defense in the first half. In the second half, however, the game was more wide-open and neither team really got into its half-court offense."

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