WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Monmouth’s men’s basketball team outlasted Marist Sunday, 71-64 to win its second game in a row and move to 4-2 in MAAC play. Austin Tilghman (Wilmington, DE/Archbishop Carroll) scored a career-high 22 points to lead three Hawks in double figures.
MU held a three-point lead at the half after Tilghman netted 10 points in the period, but Marist came out of the half and took an early two-point lead. Khallid Hart netted a three to give Marist a lead at 11:51, but a 6-0 Monmouth run gave them the lead, capped by Collin Stewart (Glenville, NY/Mekeel Christian Academy) hammering an alley-oop on the break. Marist tied it at 7:04 but the Hawks would not trail again, knocking down foul shots down the stretch to secure the win.
NOTES AND QUOTES “Today was a day I didn’t think we had our best, but we did enough to win.” –head coach King Rice “This year, I’ve been working on my game a lot and today my teammates just found me and I had the hot hand.” –junior guard Austin Tilghman -Josh James returned to the floor after missing the previous two games with injury. -Justin Robinson passed Rahsaan Johnson in the career assist list to move into fourth alone. -Robinson and Chris Brady remained the only Hawks to start every game this season. -Brady moved into 10th all-time in games played with his 118th. -Robinson tied Tyler Azzarelli for fifth in making his 111th career start. -Monmouth went with a starting five of Robinson, Seaborn, Hornbeak, Stewart and Brady for the second game in a row. -Austin Tilghman started the second half for the second time in three games. -Tilghman was in double digits for the third time this year, and first since 12/28 at North Carolina. -Louie Pillari made his first three-pointer since the win over Cornell on 11/22. -The Hawks are now 10-0 when leading at the half. -Micah Seaborn scored in double digits for the sixth game in a row. -Tilghman became the sixth Hawk to have a 20+ point game this season.
NUMBERS CRUNCH -Tilghman set his career-high of 22 points. -MU outscored Marist in points in the paint by a 28-14 margin. -Tilghman was the first Hawk in double digits with 10 points in the first half. -Monmouth is now 39-21 all-time against Marist. -The Hawks are now 5-2 against Marist since joining the MAAC. -Monmouth held Marist to 37% shooting. UP NEXT -Monmouth has six days off before returning to action on Saturday night at Niagara, with tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m.