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Huge second half propels Mount St. Mary’s men’s basketball past Fairleigh Dickinson

Mount St. Mary’s faced a 10-point halftime deficit Sunday afternoon against Fairleigh Dickinson and was on the verge of suffering another road loss and a fourth consecutive defeat. The Mountaineers responded with a second half that just might have kept their season from spiraling out of control.

Mezzie Offurum and Damian Chong Qui finished with double-doubles and the Mount outscored the Knights 52-29 after halftime en route to a 74-61 victory in Hackensack, New Jersey. Offurum had a game-high 22 points and added 13 rebounds, while Chong Qui collected 14 points and 11 rebounds.

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Mount St. Mary’s (9-10, 8-7 Northeast Conference) trailed 32-22 at the break before cruising past Fairleigh Dickinson (8-14, 7-9) to snap its losing skid. The Mount trailed 42-34 with 15 minutes remaining before embarking on a 19-4 run, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Josh Reaves (11 points).

Jahlil Jenkins had 13 points to lead FDU and Elyjah Williams netted 12. MSM won the rebound battle 40-31 and had 14 of its 16 points off turnovers in the second half compared to zero for the Knights.

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Chong Qui and Deandre Thomas had four assists apiece for the Mountaineers, and Nana Opoku added 16 points in the victory. Mount St. Mary’s next travels to Saint Francis U on Feb. 25 for a 7 p.m. tip-off.


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