LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Behind another 20+ point effort from Justin Robinson (Lake Katrine, NY/Kingston), Monmouth won its program record 10th consecutive game at Rider Monday night, 74-69 at Rider. The Hawks have now posted back-to-back 20 win seasons for the first time in school history.
Down the stretch, Rider took a three-point lead with 1:44 to go on a Kahlil Thomas jumper. The Hawks battled back to take the lead on a Chris Brady (Greenlawn, NY/Harborfields) put back followed by a Robinson take through the ride side of the lane to go up 70-69. The Hawks forced a miss and Austin Tilghman (Wilmington, DE/Archbishop Carroll) scored on the run out, and after a second missed three from Thomas, Robinson made it a five-point lead from the foul line, the eventual final.
Robinson knocked in two triples 23 seconds apart to give the Hawks an instant six-point lead with 5:45 to go, but Jimmie Taylor netted two for Rider just 36 seconds apart to tie things at 60. The Hawks led by nine but an 11-2 run from the Broncs tied it after MU went up 43-34 out of the locker room.
The teams traded early leads before the Hawks ripped off ten in a row to take a 25-17 lead, led by three buckets in that span from Brady. Rider got the advantage back down to one, but a late dunk on a slash to the rim from Louie Pillari (Tinton Falls, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) made it a four-point Hawk lead at the intermission.
NOTES AND QUOTES“When you win in college basketball, there’s always a sense of relief. It doesn’t matter if you win by 50, one or two, and if it’s a blowout or a tight game.” –head coach King Rice
“There was a couple of times tonight where I drove the lane and got hit and got the ball knocked out. On that one, I just remembered football, tucked the ball when I drove to the lane and finished high off the glass.” –Justin Robinson on his basket to put Monmouth up one with 54 seconds left
-Monmouth set a DI program record with its 10th consecutive win.
-MU has now won 20+ games in consecutive seasons for the first time in its Division I history.
-The Hawks have matched their record to this point last season at 20-5, 12-2 in the MAAC.
-Justin Robinson became the second Hawk ever (Ron Kornegay) to eclipse the 1,800 point mark. He now has 1,816 career points.
-For the second game in a row, Monmouth beats a team they had previously lost to this year.
-Chris Brady registered his fourth career double-double, and third this season.
-Collin Stewart missed his first game of the season with an injury, his first DNP since 1/16/14 as a redshirt freshman at Quinnipiac.
-Chris Brady blocked two shots in the first half, and has now blocked multiple shots in five games in a row and seven of eight. He finished the game with three deflections.
-The lineup of Robinson, Seaborn, James, Hornbeak and Brady started for the ninth time in a row.
-Austin Tilghman tied a season-high with seven rebounds.
-MU has now won six games this season when scoring in the 70’s, including two in a row.
-MU outrebounded the Broncs 46-37.
-Monmouth’s bench outscored Rider’s 19-6.
-The Hawks outplayed Rider to 16-7 on second chance points.
-Monmouth led at the half for the 15th time this year, and are 15-0 in those games.
-Brady’s 11 boards draw him even with Deon Jones in career rebounds with 576, sixth all-time.
-King Rice won his 99th career game.
-Monmouth is at Manhattan Friday night, with a 9:00 p.m. tip set for ESPNU.