JUSTIN ROBINSON SETS CAREER SCORING RECORD AS MONMOUTH BEATS MARIST, 83-71
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Justin Robinson (Lake Katrine, NY/Kingston) pulled up in the left wing and knocked down a three pointer that moved him into first place on Monmouth’s Division I scoring list with 1,750 career points. The senior guard finished with 24 points to lead MU to an 83-71 win at Marist Monday, the Hawks’ eighth win in a row.
Down seven at the half, a 14-7 Monmouth run tied the game, capped by Je’lon Hornbeak’s (Arlington, TX/Grace Prep/Oklahoma) three to knot things at 41. Diago Quinn (New York, NY/Lake Forest Academy) gave MU its first lead on a put back before Robinson broke out for three long balls in 52 seconds, the first breaking the program scoring record. After the run, MU led by five, which Marist trimmed to three on Obi Momah’s basket at 8:27. From there, MU went on an 8-0 run and the Red Foxes never got back within single digits as the Blue and White pulled away to win by 12.
A slow start from the floor put MU in an immediate 6-0 hole, but back-to-back triples from Collin Stewart (Glenville, NY/Mekeel Christian Academy) and Micah Seaborn (Fort Worth, TX/Prime Prep Academy) tied it at 13. MU would again go down by 12 before trimming it to as slim as four prior to a Richie Mitchell triple with two seconds to go that made it a seven-point Marist lead at the half.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“Tonight was a special night for us for a lot of different reasons. To be able to win on Marist’s home court is the first one, and then Justin Robinson choosing Monmouth four years ago and him just keeping his head low and being the best young man and the hardest worker in our program. The impact he has made on our campus has changed everybody’s life at Monmouth.” –Head Coach King Rice
“I got an open look, knocked it down, trotted back on defense a little bit and realized ‘man, that’s the one’. You don’t get to focus much on it during the heat of the game because you want to keep playing and doing the right things but once that final sub came in for me, I said ‘man, I’m not supposed to be here, but I am’, and that’s cool.” –senior guard Justin Robinson on breaking the scoring record
“It’s been good for me coming in and listening to and playing behind Justin, Je’lon, Jiggy (Josh James), because my freshman year they helped me out a lot just to keep working. I really feel they’ve helped me along this process a lot quicker than I would have done myself.” –sophomore guard Micah Seaborn
-Justin Robinson’s three at 13:39 set Monmouth’s Division I career scoring record, passing both Alex Blackwell and John Giraldo, who finished their careers with 1,749 points each.
-Robinson hit three triples in 52 seconds from 13:39 to 12:47.
-Monmouth has now swept Marist three years in a row, winning six consecutive games vs. the Red Foxes.
-Chris Brady grabbed 10 rebounds for the second game in a row and fourth time this season.
-Micah Seaborn netted 20 points, his third 20+ point night in four games.
-Diago Quinn grabbed a season-best seven rebounds.
-Je’lon Hornbeak worked to double digits for the first time in eight games, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds.
-MU trailed at half for the ninth time this season, and have now won four of those games.
-Justin Robinson tied James Hett for the most career games started at Monmouth with 117.
-Brady’s three blocks tied him with Corey Albano for fifth all-time with 130.
-Robinson notched his 87th career game in double figures and 35th with 20+ points, including six in a row with more than 20.
-MU won its eighth game in a row for the second time this season, posting a nine-game winning streak in November and December.
-King Rice won his 97th career game.
-The Hawks outscored Marist 34-16 in the paint and 9-0 on the fast break.
-Monmouth turned 10 Marist first-half turnovers into 15 points, five coming in transition.
-Louie Pillari has now hit a three-pointer in both games against Marist this season.
-Chris Brady blocked three shots for the third game in a row and fifth time in six games, with all of his three rejections coming in the first half.
-MU held a team to six three-pointers or less for the third game in a row.
-The Hawks outrebounded Marist 44-37, and are 9-1 when outrebounding an opponent.
-Monmouth hosts Saint Peter’s at the OceanFirst Bank Center on Friday night, February 3rd. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m. on ESPN3.