ROBINSON LEADS MONMOUTH TO OVERTIME WIN OVER SAINT PETER’S
In overtime, Monmouth led for the final 4:23 after Josh James (Greenburgh, NY/Archbishop Stepinac) netted two foul shots. MU went up four twice, including when Collin Stewart (Glenville, NY/Mekeel Christian Academy) hit two foul shots with 17 seconds to go two possessions after Diago Quinn (New York, NY/Lake Forest Academy) rose for a monster block on Trevis Wyche. Wyche hit a triple to cut it to one with 0.6 seconds left but MU held on to win by one.
Trailing by eight with 6:19 left after a Chazz Patterson layup, Robinson got started with a pullup jumper, plus the foul to trim it to five. He later hit a three, and after imploring the crowd, went up the floor after Antwon Portley missed the front end of the one-and-one and knocked in a jumper to cut the SPU lead to one. Two free throws at 3:21 gave MU the lead, and he hit two more with 46 seconds to go before Portley hit a jumper to tie it. Quinn had a put back opportunity at the horn that rimmed out to send it to overtime.
A back-and-forth first half saw the Hawks jump to leads of 10-0 and 12-2 before the Peacocks came back to tie at 18. The teams traded leads once more in the period before hitting the half tied at 29.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“Justin has been everything for our program. Starting off, he represents us with the energy he walks around campus with and the smile he always has on his face. He keeps overcoming everything and he means the world to me.” –King Rice
“Sometimes we need Justin to go get buckets, and then he made a couple and really got going.” –King Rice
“I think tonight was the coolest night since I’ve been the head coach at Monmouth.” –King Rice
“Without Josh’s toughness and Austin’s toughness, it might have been different tonight. They played like they really wanted it.” –Justin Robinson
-Robinson was honored postgame after setting the Division I scoring record on Monday at Marist. Previous all-time leaders Alex Blackwell and John Giraldo were in attendance, as well as all-time leader Ron Kornegay. Longtime coaches Dave Calloway and Ron Krayl were also a part of the festivities.
-Robinson passed Ed Halicki on the all-time scoring list (all-divisions), who had 1,777 points.
-Chris Brady blocked four shots to move into fourth all time with 134, passing Corey Albano.
-The Hawks were tied at half for the first time this season.
-MU went to 1-2 in overtime this season.
-Robinson scored 29 points, his second highest output of the season, with 26 coming after the half.
-A season-high 3,878 fans were in attendance at OceanFirst Bank Center.
-Robinson netted his 36th career 20+ point game and 12th this season.
-Je’lon Hornbeak went into double digits for the second game in a row.
-A pair of guards led MU in rebounding tonight, as James and Hornbeak had seven each.
-Monmouth won its ninth game in a row to tie a school record, set earlier this season.
-King Rice won his 98th career game.
-MU outrebounded Saint Peter’s 42-35.
-The Hawks are 16-0 when outshooting their opponent.
-Robinson started his 118th career game to set the program’s all-time record, passing James Hett.
-Robinson set a career-best in minutes with 42.
-Monmouth heads to Rider Monday night to take on the Broncs at 7:00 p.m.