WORCESTER, Mass. (Jan. 30, 2017) – Despite a game-high 28 points from senior William Robinson (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Nyack College), the Mercy College men's basketball team suffered a 79-62 setback to Assumption College in non-conference action on Monday night at Laska Gymnasium.
The Mavericks (2-19) have dropped 11 games in a row, while the Greyhounds (6-15) snap a two-game losing streak with the win.
Robinson went 12-of-20 from the floor and recorded ten rebounds to pick up his fifth double-double of the season. Junior Marko Kozul (Astoria, N.Y./Felician University) contributed nine points and seven rebounds and graduate student Ryan Hickey (Smithtown, N.Y./Dowling College) netted eight points and a team-high three assists.
Assumption was led by Damien Rance who had a team-high 18 points, while Branislav Vujadinovic finished with a double-double by way of 17 points and 14 rebounds.
The hosts jumped out to an 18-13 lead after a Rance layup at the 10:30 mark of the first half. The Greyhounds increased the lead to six, 28-22, with 3:34 remaining in the half. However, the Mavericks closed the half on a 7-0 run, capped off by a Hickey three right before the end of the half, to give Mercy a 29-28 lead at halftime.
Assumption opened the second half with the first three points of the frame to take a 31-29 lead just ten seconds into the half. Robinson tied the game up at 31-31 after a pair of free throws before the hosts scored four in a row to take a 35-31 lead at the 18:30 mark.
A Jefferson Francois (New York, N.Y./Hostos CC) layup at the 13:41 mark made it a one-point game, 46-45, but the Greyhounds responded with a 16-5 run to take a 62-50 lead with eight minutes left, forcing a Mercy timeout. Robinson trimmed the deficit to nine, 65-56, with a layup with 5:24 on the clock, but Assumption put the game away with a 14-4 run that put the lead at a game-high 19 points, 79-60, with 25 seconds left. The Greyhounds were aided by 75.9 percent shooting in the second half in overtaking the Mavericks.
Mercy shot 34.3 percent (24-of-70) from the floor, 15.8 percent (3-of-19) from beyond the arc and 55.0 percent (11-of-20) from the foul line. Assumption shot 63.6 percent (35-of-55) from the field, 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from downtown and 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from the charity stripe. The Greyhounds held a 38-35 edge on the boards, while the Mavericks held a 15-2 advantage in second chance points.
Head Coach Dr. Jody King and the Mavericks look to get back in the win column when they play at Molloy College on Saturday, February 4th at 4 p.m.