Mount St. Mary's continued its best start to Northeast Conference play in program history with a 55-47 victory at St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday.
The Mountaineers (9-12) improved to 7-1 in the NEC. Junior Robinson dropped a game-high 19 points, and Elijah Long registered a double-double with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
Robinson went 7-for-11 from the field and connected on a trio of 3-pointers as he collected his 16th double-figure scoring night of the season. Long's double-double was the second of his career and second in his last four games after a 14-point, 12-assist performance vs. Fairleigh Dickinson last Thursday.
The Mount grabbed a 12-5 lead early in the game following consecutive buckets from Robinson as he converted a layup in transition and knocked down a long 3. The Terriers answered back with the next eight points to open a 13-12 lead, marking their first advantage since the opening minutes of the contest.
Holding a 21-20 edge with 4:34 remaining in the half, the Mountaineers closed the period by scoring eight of the half's final 11 points, led by five from Long, to take a six-point advantage, 29-23, into the halftime break. Robinson paced the squad with eight first-half points, while Long and Mawdo Sallah added five apiece.
Leading by six at the opening of the second half, the Mount extended its lead to 10, 39-29 at the first media timeout of the period. A corner 3 from Greg Alexander minutes later pushed the Mountaineers advantage to 42-29, marking their largest lead. St. Francis Brooklyn (4-17, 2-6) got back into the contest with a 13-5 run over a five-plus minute stretch to cut the deficit to 47-42 at the 6:47 mark.
Gianni Ford led the rally with five points, including a key 3-pointer to ignite the run.
Glenn Sanabria trimmed it to five with a 3-pointer from the wing at the 2:08 mark, but Robinson answered with a tough drive and layup in the lane to push it back to seven, 52-45, with just 1:27 showing on the clock. The Mount hit three of four free throws in the final minute.
The Mount returns to Emmitsburg for a matchup with Robert Morris on Thursday night at 7. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.