Flash come up short at the buzzer
Emmitsburg, Md. — Junior Jamaal King scored a team-high 17 points but his game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer was just a little bit long as the Saint Francis men’s basketball team lost at Mount St. Mary’s, 59-56, Saturday afternoon in Northeast Conference action.
The Red Flash fell to 13-10 overall and 7-5 in the NEC. The Mount is 13-11 overall and 8-4 in the NEC.
“I can’t fault the team’s effort tonight,” Coach Rob Krimmel said. “To hold a team that has as much firepower as Mount St. Mary’s to 59 points shows how much this team is improving on the defensive end. Unfortunately, we didn’t make shots tonight and that is a recipe for disaster when you face as much zone as we did today.”
The Red Flash trailed, 55-53, when King knotted the game at 55-55 with a pull-up jumper from the left elbow with 1:58 to play. The Red Flash got the ball back and King went to the line after he was fouled rebounding a miss by sophomore Keith Braxton.
King made the first free throw but missed the second and freshman Mark Flagg was called for a critical offensive foul while going after a rebound. Mount’s Greg Alexander made the two ensuing free throws to put the home team ahead 57-56.
Saint Francis got a good look when King found sophomore Randall Gaskins Jr. alone in the corner, but his go-ahead three with 14 seconds hit the front rim. Two more Mount St. Mary’s free throws led to King’s desperation three. The shot was on line from the moment it left his hand but sailed just a little long.
Saint Francis is at Long Island University on Thursday for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Game notes: Saint Francis shot just 38 percent from the field, its second lowest percentage of the season, and the lowest since its second game of the season at San Francisco on Nov. 13. The Mount made 46 percent of its shots. … The main reason for the low shooting percentage was SFU’s inability to knock down shots from three-point range. The Red Flash made just 4-of-22 from the arc, also its second lowest percentage of the year, and missed its last seven triples, including all six in the second half. The Mountaineers made 8-of-22 of its threes. … The Red Flash edged the Mountaineers on the glass, 30-28. … All 56 SFU points came from the starting lineup. … SFU forced the Mount into 14 turnovers. Braxton led SFU with three steals. …Junior guard Andre Wolford followed King’s 17 points with 14 points. … Braxton also tied for the team-high in rebounds with freshman Flagg. Each pulled down seven boards. … Wolford made four three-pointers to run his season total to 74, the sixth highest mark in SFU single-season history. … The Mountaineers have won seven straight over the Red Flash.
ST. FRANCIS (13-10): Flagg 3-5 1-1 7, Wolford 4-14 2-2 14, Gaskins 1-4 2-2 4, Braxton 6-13 2-4 14, King 6-14 5-6 17, Kuzavas 0-1 0-0 0, Meredith 0-2 0-0 0, Harmon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 12-15 56.
MOUNT ST. MARY’S (14-11): Planutis 0-4 0-0 0, Wray 4-4 0-3 8, Antonio 4-7 3-4 13, Robinson 8-16 0-0 20, Carey 2-9 0-0 5, Habwe 2-2 2-2 7, Gomes 0-1 0-0 0, Alexander 2-5 2-2 6. Totals 22-48 7-11 59.
Halftime–Mount St. Mary’s 32-30. 3-Point Goals–St. Francis 4-22 (Wolford 4-12, Gaskins 0-2, Braxton 0-2, Meredith 0-2, King 0-4), Mount St. Mary’s 8-22 (Robinson 4-8, Antonio 2-5, Habwe 1-1, Carey 1-4, Alexander 0-1, Planutis 0-3). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–St. Francis 27 (Flagg, Braxton 7), Mount St. Mary’s 26 (Wray 7). Assists–St. Francis 7 (King 2), Mount St. Mary’s 10 (Robinson, Carey 3). Total Fouls–St. Francis 13, Mount St. Mary’s 12. A–3,045