State basketball roundup (Dec. 29): Wagner topples Mount St. Mary's in conference opener

From Sun staff and wire reports

The Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team dropped its Northeast Conference opener at Wagner, 76-57, on Friday night at the Spiro Sports Center. Junior Robinson led the Mountaineers with 19 points.

Trailing 48-34 early in the second half, the Mount scored six consecutive points on a Chris Wray dunk, a Donald Carey basket, and a Robinson drive. Wagner countered with the next 12 points, six coming on a pair of Blake Francis 3-pointers, to give the Seahawks their biggest lead of the game, 60-40.

The Mount (6-8, 0-1) responded with a 10-3 run to make it 63-50, but would get no closer the rest of the way.

Robinson went 6-for-20 from the field for his 19 points while adding three rebounds and three assists. Jonah Antonio added 12 points and four rebounds with Wray chipping in 11 points and five boards in the loss. Francis led Wagner (8-4, 1-0) with 18 points with JoJo Copper just missing a triple double with 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

The Mount struggled from the field throughout the game, hitting 19 of 54 (.352) overall and 4-for-17 (.235) from three-point range. Wagner was 29 of 60 (.483) from the field and 8-for-25 (.320) from 3-point range. Wagner held a 46-29 advantage on the boards.

Mount St. Mary's is back in action with a 2 p.m. matchup at LIU Brooklyn on New Year's Eve.

Women

Mount St. Mary's 68, Central Connecticut State 56: Caroline Hummell had a game-high 21 points and Birdget Birkhead added 14 points as the visiting Mountaineers (4-8, 1-0 Northeast Conference) beat the Blue Devils (0-12, 0-1).

For Central Connecticut, Kiana Patterson was the lone player to reach double figures with 11 points, while Denisha Gardner added six points and 11 rebounds.

The Mount finished the game shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from 3-point range, while CCSU went 29.6 percent from the floor and matched the Mount with a 33.3 percent mark from deep. Mount St. Mary's scored 24 of its 68 points off Blue Devil turnovers.

Navy 71, Loyola Maryland 43: Taylor Dunham had 22 points to lead the host Mids (11-1, 1-0 Patriot League) past the Greyhounds (2-10, 0-1).

Ashley Hunter (John Carroll) had a career-high 12 points for Loyola.

Despite several Navy runs through the first three quarters, Loyola continued to stay within comeback range by playing even with the Mids on the boards (a 42-37 Loyola advantage) and holding the Mids' 3-point baskets to well below their season average.

The Mids outscored the Greyhounds 15-7 to move ahead 52-34 in the third quarter. Foul trouble persisted for Loyola in the fourth quarter.

Northeastern 70, Towson 61: Mary Cuevas had a game-high 23 points, but the host Tigers (5-7, 0-1 Northeast Conference) lost the Huskies (6-6, 1-0).

Northeastern finished strong on a 21-14 run in the fourth quarter. The Huskies had four players score in double digits: Claudia Ortiz (18), Gabby Giacone (15), Jess Genco (13) and Shannon Todd (12).

Towson's other double-digit scorers were Raine Bankston (12) and Nukiya Mayo (10).

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