Feel free to post your thoughts during the game as the Mount takes on Sacred Heart in an NEC game. The Mount looks to end its losing streak and get back on track in the NEC. The Mount has lost its last three games by a combined six points, including the 64-63 loss to Quinnipiac on Thursday.
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At the first media timeout the Mount has an early 10-8 lead. The Mount has made a pair of threes, but is giving Sacred Heart too many early open looks. But the Pioneers have not been making the open jump shots.
That was a pretty short segment and it is now 12-10 Mount. Pierre Brown continues to really hurt this team when he is in there. He had two turnovers in a little over a minute of play. 3 possessions I believe. The Mount seemed to be a little better defensively that time. But seems to be lacking confidence offensively. They don't look sharp for certain.
Best we've seen of Raven Barber this year. He has four points and a couple of offensive rebounds. The Mount leads it 21-18. Sacred Heart doesn't look overly strong right now. They seem to be settling for a lot of outside jumpers.
The Mount is getting just about everyone involved this afternoon and most are in the scoring column. Cajou, Holland and Beidler have all knocked down threes, Goode has a baseline jumper, Barber has the four points, Atupem has a bucket in the lane. But it would be nice to see them get somebody going.
26-23 at the final media timeout of the half. The Mount still leads. They had stretched it to 8 but the Pioneers have scored five in a row to climb back in it. The inconsistency of the Mount offense allows that to happen. Kelly Beidler has scored 8 at the moment to lead the Mount. At least by my unoffical count.
Quinnipiac has put away Wagner in the second half - after the Seahawks led at halftime. The Mount leads at Sacred Heart 32-28 at the half. The Mount has led throughout, but it has been far from a pristine performance.
The Mount has pushed the lead to 43-35. It has been a pretty good start to the second half. Shawn Atupem is taking advantage of an athletic advantage inside and finishing under control and strong. Kelly Beidler is in double figures. The Mount defense has forced a few Pioneer turnovers as well. Be nice to get this lead to double figures with another strong four minutes.
The lead is 11 - as Tayvon Jackson has been the beneficiary of some good interior passes. The first from Atupem the second from Lamar Trice, which forced Dave Bike to call a timeout.
The Mount starting to get a few breaks. It is 51-41 with just under 12 to play. On that last possession with the shot clock running down, the ball bounced to Atupem and he scored inside. He is having a big second half in the low post. Good to see. He is bouncing back from a subpar game at Quinnipiac. Extending this lead in this segment would be nice.
Five straight points for SHU and the Mount has called timeout. It was very sloppy and Milan just decided to take a break and settle his team down. The Mount has the ball and needs to get a bucket out of the timeout.
The Mount lead is 53-49. The Mount will shoot free throws on a technical foul after the break. So this is a big chance for the Mount to open things back up. They seem to have weathered the first charge by Sacred Heart, but there will probably be another coming.
The Mount is up 60-56 and Sacred Heart has called timeout after the Liam Potter dunk. The Mount has gotten a couple of scores down low from Atupem and Holland the last few trips. Atupem has 15 to lead the Mount, Beidler has 14.
The Mount has traded 3 for 2 and with a four-point lead that is a good deal. Goode buried a three - and then Hardy scored on a putback and Bike called timeout. The Mount leads 63-58 with about 3 minutes to play.
1:36 left and the Mount leads by 3 65-62 and has the ball and has called timeout. The Mount kicked the ball away and gave SHU two - but then Cajou found Holland for two - before the Pioneers scored to get us where we are. The Mount has not trailed all game, but these are still tenuous moments. Beidler is headed to the line after the timeout with 1:16 to play and a three point lead.
The game has gotten to 67-65. We have 22 seconds left. Beidler missed the free throw. The Mount then got the rebound and couldn't score, but Goode made a big steal and Holland scored at the other end. But then Hardy hit a three.
Beidler was fouled and made both free throws. So it is a four point lead with 20.7 seconds left. The Mount is that close to stopping the nine-game skid.
This streak is over. Now this team can get back to winning basketball games and focusing on its goals. It ends up 69-65 in favor of the Mount. They never trailed.
More thoughts later. Good win on the road.