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Men's Basketball: Second half lifts Mount St. Mary's to victory over Robert Morris

A big second half propelled Mount St. Mary's to a 76-62 win over Robert Morris on Thursday night at Knott Arena. Freshman Vado Morse paced the Mount with 21 points while Jalen Gibbs added 14 points and eight rebounds in the win.

The Mountaineers (7-19, 4-9 Northeast Conference) outscored Robert Morris 45-24 in the second half to secure their second consecutive victory.


Trailing 41-33 early in the second half, the Mountaineers used a 10-2 run to even the score. Morse scored the first six points of the run, and a Dee Barnes four-point play with 13:40 left in the half tied the score at 43-43. The teams exchanged the lead for the next few minutes, with Robert Morris pulling ahead, 51-50, on a Josh Williams 3-pointer with 10:23 remaining in the second half. The Mount then rattled off a 9-0 run to take the lead for good. Omar Habwe started the run with a four-point play of his own to put the Mountaineers ahead, 54-51. After a turnover, Gibbs scored on a baseline drive to put the Mount up by five.

Damian Chong Qui forced a turnover on the inbounds pass, and fed Habwe for a thunderous dunk that pushed the advantage to 58-51 and forced the Colonials to call timeout. After a miss by Robert Morris, Gibbs capped the run with a transition basket on a feed from Chong Qui that extended the lead to 60-51 with 9:05 on the clock. After Robert Morris cut it to 65-55 with 4:47 left on a Charles Bain drive, Gibbs converted a traditional three-point play and Morse a jumper to put the Mount ahead 70-55 with 3:10 remaining. From there, the Mount was able to close out the victory.


Morse went 5-of-8 from the field and 10-of-12 at the foul line for his 21 points while adding four assists, four rebounds and a pair of steals in the victory. Gibbs was 6-of-10 from the field for his 14 points while also collecting a team-high eight boards. Dee Barnes went 4-for-5 from the field for 12 points while Habwe finished with nine points, four boards ad a pair of steals in the game.

Chong Qui added seven points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Mount, who pulled within one game of the final Northeast Conference playoff spot.

Josh Williams led Robert Morris (13-13, 8-5) with 16 points while Jon Williams chipped in 14 points. Bain added nine points and a game-high nine rebounds.

The Mount hosts Wagner on Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. at Knott Arena.