Mount St. Mary’s uses big 2nd-half run to beat St. Francis, Pa.
EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP)—The offensive rebounding of Sam Atupem and Marcus Mitchell produced 13 second-chance points during a decisive 17-5 second-half run as Mount St. Mary’s beat St. Francis, Pa. 56-44 on Wednesday night.
The Mountaineers (8-9, 4-2 Northeast Conference) snapped a three-game losing streak and handed the Red Flash (3-14, 1-5) their eighth consecutive loss.
Mitchell finished with 9 points and seven rebounds while Atupem had 9 points and six boards, but they combined for 13 points and seven offensive rebounds during a nine-minute stretch of the second half that turned a 33-32 lead into a 50-37 advantage. The Mountaineers pulled down 13 consecutive rebounds during the stretch after being outrebounded 28-16 before that.
Chris Vann led the Mountaineers with 12 points.
Devin Sweetney scored a team-best 16 points for St. Francis. Chris Berry scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half to keep the Red Flash within 25-22 at halftime.
St. Francis shot just 28 percent from the field.