Rashad Whack scored a career-high 20 points as the Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team rallied to a 70-63 win over Hartford in the home opener at Knott Arena on Tuesday night.
It was the first career victory for first-year coach Jamion Christian, at age 30 the fifth-youngest head coach in Division I.
Trailing 53-48 with 9:33 remaining in the game, the Mount (1-1) went on a 12-0 run over the next 1:21 to take a 60-53 advantage. Whack kick-started the stretch with a 3-pointer, then Josh Castellanos tied the game on a layup after a Hartford miss.
Freshman Shivaughn Wiggins made a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the Mount a 56-53 lead, its first since holding a 10-9 edge early in the first half.
Sam Prescott then got a steal off a Hartford turnover on the next possession, drove the lane and converted a layup while being fouled on the play. Prescott made both free throws to give the Mount its largest lead of the game at 60-53.
The Hawks (0-2) whittled the Mount advantage to 62-60 after a traditional 3-point play by Mark Nwakamma with 1:59 left, but Castellanos was able to convert a pair of free throws 13 seconds later to restore a four-point lead.
Julian Norfleet's floater in the lane with 50 seconds left pushed the lead to 66-60, and he and Castellanos each hit a pair of free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Tanisha McTiller and Nyree Williams each had 14 points to lead Towson's offense. Michelle Peebles added 11 points. Morgan State's Bianca Jarrett led all scorers with 17 points. Towson outrebounded Morgan State 47-33 and had a 16-8 advantage in assists.
George Mason 64, UMES 38: The visiting Hawks (0-1) trailed by 16 at halftime, and it got worse in the second half as they shot 22 percent from the field.
Shanyce Stewart made a layup to give UMES a 13-10 lead with 10:21 left in the first half. But the host Patriots (1-1) went on a 16-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 26-13 lead. George Mason held UMES to eight points over the closing minutes of the first half and took a 37-21 advantage into the break.
Rahneeka Saunders had 13 points for George Mason, and Jessica Long had 12 for UMES.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun