ALBANY, NY- Justin Robinson (Lake Katrine, NY/Kingston) scored a career-high 40 points, including eight three pointers as Monmouth’s big second half led them to a program-best 12th win in a row, 102-82 at Siena on Monday night.
Monmouth made its run after the game was tied at 59, scoring 13 of the games next 14 points to go upo 72-60 at 10:51. The MU lead didn’t grow larger than 13 until Je’lon Hornbeak (Arlington, TX/Grace Prep/Oklahoma) hit a three to make it a 15-point game with 7:19 to go. The Saints came back on a 6-0 run to cut it to 86-76 at 4:38 before MU ended the game on a 16-6 run to win by 20.
Down the stretch, Robinson netted a layup before drilling a long three from straight on, plus the foul at 2:52 to get to 35 points on the night. Two possessions later, the senior drilled a wing triple to set his career-high, and off a quick Siena miss, darted the floor to get to 40 points, the seventh Hawk to ever do so.
MU lead by as many as 10 in the opening half, taking a double-digit lead for the first time at 9:11 when Justin Robinson (Lake Katrine, NY/Kingston) darted to the rim in transition, two of his 12 first-half points. The Hawks went back up seven on Pierre Sarr’s (Dakar, Senegal/Roselle Catholic) second-chance layup, but Siena charged late to finish the half on an 8-2 run, capped by Marquis Wright’s corner triple in the final seconds of the period to cut the Hawks lead at the intermission to one at 47-46. MU shot 59.4% in the first 20 minutes, while Siena was 55.2% from the floor in the first.
NOTES AND QUOTES“I liked how our team played tonight, I think Justin is a dynamic player and I’m glad he’s on our team.” –head coach King Rice“We play one game at a time, and even within the game, we play by every four minutes. Win this four minutes until the next media timeout. We just want to maintain a constant pace throughout the regular season. ” –senior guard Justin Robinson
“Chris Brady told me how many I had after I hit the four-point play. Coach Rice pulled me aside when I had 35 points and told me I had one more minute to play until I was done, so I just had fun with that minute.” –Justin Robinson on getting to 40 points
-Justin Robinson is the seventh Hawk to score 40 points in a single game, and the first since Rahsaan Johnson got 40 on 12/8/01 at Princeton.
-Robinson’s 40 points are the third most in a single-game in school history.
-Robinson hit a career-high eight threes, one shy of the program record (Dave Calloway, 9).
-Robinson is the second Hawk to hit eight threes in a game this year (Micah Seaborn vs. South Carolina State).
-With 14 made field goals, Robinson is the seventh Hawk to make that many in a game.
-The Hawks topped the 100-point mark for the first time since scoring 110 at Iona on 1/15/16.
-The Hawks have now scored 100+ points three times in the King Rice era.
-Robinson has now scored 76 points in his last two games at Siena.
-Je’lon Hornbeak scored in double digits for the fifth consecutive game, finishing with 18 points.
-Austin Tilghman put together his fifth game in double figures this year, finishing with 11 points.
-Chris Brady set a program record for games played, appearing in his 128th consecutive contest.
-Monmouth held a one-point lead at the half, and are now 16-0 when leading at the break.
-Brady posted his 13th multi-block outing of the season.
-Monmouth matches their record to this point last season at 22-5, 14-2 in the MAAC.
-Robinson scored in double figures for the 25th time in 27 games this season.
-MU has won five in a row against Siena.
-38 field goals made is a season-high for Monmouth.
-MU shot 57.6%, a season best.
-The Hawks outscored Siena in the paint 44-24.
-MU scored 55 points in the second half, the second most in a period this season (Princeton 2nd, 57).
-Monmouth outrebounded Siena 32-23.
-The Hawks led for 34:55 of the game.
-Monmouth is home for an 8:00 p.m. tip against Niagara on Thursday night on ESPN3.