Jones' 26 drive Long Island past Mount, 95-85 State

January 05, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Charles Jones, the nation's leading Division I scorer, had 26 points as Long Island University opened defense of its Northeast Conference title with a 95-85 victory last night over Mount St. Mary's in New York.

Jones, averaging 31.3 points, shot 11-for-24 from the field, including 1-for-7 from three-point range, and added eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

Mike Campbell added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Blackbirds (6-7, 1-0).

Greg Harris led the Mountineers (4-7, 0-2) with 19 points.

Back-to-back baskets by Gerben Van Dorpe pulled Mount St. Mary's to 67-65 with 10: 08 remaining, but LIU, behind a pair of three-pointers by Matt Picinic, went on a 12-3 run to take command.

Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan, the winningest active collegiate coach with a 775-419 record, suspended starting guard Irv Conwell (Oakland Mills) and sixth man Mike Brown for missing yesterday morning's shootaround.

The Mountaineers fell behind to the Blackbirds in the first half, trailing 39-27 with just under six minutes to play in the opening frame. But the Mount closed the period with a 21-6 run, as it took a 48-45 halftime lead.

However, the lead was short-lived. Long Island took the lead for good at 63-61 on a layup by Jones with 12: 28 to play in the game.

Springfield 74, Salisbury State 59: Phil Robinson scored 14 and Chris Agoglia 13 as host Springfield (7-0) won the Harley Hotel Naismith Classic. Shawn Johnson led the Sea Gulls (5-4) with a game-high 21 points.

Women

Loyola 67, Niagara 59: Freshman forward Erica Rath led five players in double figures with 15 points as the host Greyhounds (6-3, 1-0) opened their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule with a win.

Jennifer Bongard scored 12, Mary Anne Kirsch 11, and Corey Hewitt and Jina Mosley scored 10 apiece.

Pub Date: 1/05/98

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