ROBINSONíS DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADS BASKETBALL PAST NIAGARA, 90-83
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY – Justin Robinson (Lake Katrine, NY/Kingston) put together his second career-double double, and Pierre Sarr (Dakar, Senegal/Roselle Catholic) netted a career-best 16 points as Monmouth beat Niagara at the Gallagher Center Saturday night, 90-83.
The MU lead grew to as many as 12 in the second half after the Hawks led by eight at the break, doing so when Sarr completed a three-point play at 13:37. Niagara came charging back, cutting the deficit to four in less than three minutes on a Marvin Prochet triple. Matt Scott knocked in a three to again cut it to four, but the Hawks forced consecutive turnovers and scored on the break both times, eventually widening the lead to 14 at 4:44 on Je’lon Hornbeak (Arlington, TX/Grace Prep/Oklahoma)’s second-chance tip in. A late Niagara charge got the lead as close as five in the final seconds, but MU was in control to secure a seven-point win.
Monmouth’s first-half defense heated up, holding Niagara off the board for 3:32 and allowing the Purple Eagles just 12 points in the final 11:26 of the period. The home team led by as many as eight, but the Hawks swung that in their favor and took an eight-point lead into the locker room, capped by Hornbeak’s last-second three ball heading into the half.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“We didn’t play our best game tonight, which is crazy to say because we got to 90. We played really well in stretches of that game. You see growth where Pierre [Sarr] and Diago [Quinn] start to score and you can leave them out there for some more minutes.” –head coach King Rice
“We are a high-energy group and when we bring our energy, we are a very dangerous group.” –senior guard Justin Robinson
“I played with a lot of confidence because I felt like I had a few good days of practice, so I just felt confident and played my game.” –sophomore forward Pierre Sarr
-Josh James returned to the starting lineup for the first time since December 31 vs. Rider.
-Pierre Sarr set a career-high in the first half, reaching double figures for the first time with 11. He finished with a career-best 16 points.
-Diago Quinn tied a career-best with eight points in less than seven minutes to open the game.
-Brady’s six blocks are the most by a Hawk since Brice Kofane had seven against Towson on 11/23/14.
-Justin Robinson moved into third all-time in scoring, passing Rahsaan Johnson. He now has 1,648 career points, 101 shy of the program record held by John Giraldo and Alex Blackwell.
-Robinson knocked in his 200th career 3-pointer on the first one he hit at 7:13 of the 1st.
-Brady’s six blocks propelled him into fifth place all-time with 111, passing Giedrius Aidietis.
-Brady grabbed eight rebounds to move into 10th place all-time, passing Blake Hamilton.
-Robinson set a career-high with 11 assists.
-Monmouth is now 7-0 against Niagara since joining the MAAC, and 4-0 at the Gallagher Center.
-MU is one of two teams to reach five MAAC wins, joining Monday’s opponent Canisius, who won its fifth this afternoon vs. Marist.
-Monmouth has won three consecutive games.
-The Hawks bench outscored Niagara’s 36-7.
-MU outscored Niagara in the paint by a 38-18 margin.
-Chris Brady set a career-high with six blocks, with three coming in each half.
-Micah Seaborn scored in double figures for the seventh game in a row and 41st time in two seasons.
-Robinson notched his 30th game of 20 or more points.
-Robinson started his 112th game, tied for third all-time and five off the most ever.
-Monmouth is at Canisius Monday night to wrap up the Western New York road swing. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m. on ESPN3.