After starting the season 0-4, the Mount has gotten hot and has won three in a row, including a pair this week over Navy and Long Island in the NEC opener last night.
Sam Atupem and Jeremy Goode led the Mount in the two wins. Goode continues to get the job done from his point guard position, while Atupem has added an inside presence for the Mounties.
The Mount cruised to the win over LIU jumping out to a ten-point first half advantage as Atupem carried the offense early. The Mount led by double figures 41-25 at halftime and was never really threatened in the second half. A balanced offensive attack and a solid defensive effort were the keys. Atupem led the offense with 17, while Goode and Chris Vann chipped in 13. Goode also came away with six rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Interior freshman players Shawn Atupem and Tayvon Jackson also both played well against the undersized Blackbirds.
At Navy, the Mount won for the first time while shooting below 30% at the Division I level. The 62-58 triumph was truly ugly, but for a team that struggles to win non-conference games on the road, it was acceptable. Goode was the leading scorer with 14 points in a game the Mount never trailed. Atupem had 11 in this win, including six early as the Mount jumped out to a 13-0 advantage. The Mount shot 4-of-26 the second half but somehow came away with the win.
The Mount returns to NEC action against Central Connecticut State on Saturday afternoon. They will need to continue to play well to handle the defending champs.