Leading by 14, Mount falls to Long Island, 94-86

February 07, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Long Island overcame a 14-point, second-half deficit to defeat Mount St. Mary's, 94-86, in a Northeast Conference men's game last night in New York.

Charles Jones scored 33 points to help the Blackbirds keep their home record unbeaten at 7-0.

The Mountaineers (10-11, 6-7) held a 52-44 lead at halftime thanks to the play of Mike Brown, who had 10 points and nine rebounds in the first half.

In the second half, the Blackbirds (14-6, 11-1) trailed 71-57 after a dunk by Gerben Van Dorpe. Over the next 3: 42, however, Long Island scored 14 straight points, and Jones' layup with 6: 55 left tied the game at 76.

The Blackbirds tied the score again at 84 with 4: 26 left, and the Mountaineers were held to two points over the final 3: 24 as Long Island pulled away.

Mike Campbell scored 22 and Dave Masciale 18 for the Blackbirds. Silas Cheung, Tony Hayden and Eric Bethel each scored 14 to lead the Mount.

Vermont 85, Towson State 81: Vermont (11-9, 4-8) made 10 three-pointers, shot 50 percent from the field and took advantage of 25 Towson State turnovers on the way to an America East victory in Burlington, Vt.

Ralph Biggs made two free throws with 1: 51 left to give Towson (5-16, 2-12) a 78-75 lead, but Vermont went on a 10-3 run from there to clinch the win.

Sophomore Spencer Eisenmenger led the Catamounts with 19 points. Micheal Keyes scored 21 to pace Towson. Biggs finished with 20, and Derick Newton had 18.

The Catamounts led 43-41 after a high-scoring first half, sparked by 8-for-12 three-point shooting.

Towson opened the second half with a 12-3 run, taking its biggest lead at 53-46 on Newton's three-point play at 16: 39.

Pub Date: 2/07/97

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