01/13/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2018 17:00
Loretto, Pa. - The Saint Francis men's basketball team (10-7, 4-2 NEC) had a shot to win at the end of regulation and two at the end of overtime, but none went down in an 81-80 overtime loss to Mount St. Mary's (10-9, 4-2 NEC). Junior Jamaal King (Salisbury, Md./Bishop O'Connell (Va.)) scored a career-high 31 points in the loss.
'I thought our team came out with good energy,' said head coach Rob Krimmel. 'I can't fault our effort over the 45 minutes. Unfortunately, Mount St. Mary's made one more play than we did down the stretch. You have to give them a ton of credit.'
Saint Francis led 53-42 with 13:06 to play in the second half before the Mountaineers responded with a 20-8 run to take a 62-61 lead with 7:06 left in regulation. Trailing by two, sophomore Keith Braxton (Glassboro, N.J./The Lawrenceville School) drained a corner three with 1:10 remaining to put SFU in front 72-71. King extended SFU's lead to three with two free throws but the Mount cut it back to one with a quick layup. After King made 1-of-2 free throws, Mount St. Mary's Greg Alexander was fouled shooting a three-pointer. He made 2-of-3 to tie the game. King had a look from three to win at the end of regulation, but his effort fell just short.
King opened the overtime period with an old-fashioned three-point play but the Mount would score the next four. Senior Malik Harmon (Queens, N.Y./Christ the King) gave SFU the lead with a floater off glass with 1:03 remaining but Mount St. Mary's Junior Robinson scored two of his 20 points on a layup with 13 ticks left. Braxton missed a three in the final seconds and junior Andre Wolford (Willowick, Ohio/Saint Ignatius) threw up a desperation attempt at the buzzer to no avail after corralling the rebound .
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Saint Francis is at Wagner on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m.