Looking back at the Binghamton win
Mt. St. Mary's won its second straight game on the road. Let's look back at how they got there and some of the other stories from the game.
- The Mount struggled mightily from the perimeter in the first half. But their ability to get to the basket and climb back in the game late in the first half was huge. The Mount outscored the Bearcats 34-20 in the paint. Kristijan Krajina led that charge with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
- All I'm going to say about Sam Prescott not playing during the first half on yesterday's win is that I'm pretty sure NEC commissioner Noreen Morris isn't going to step in and fine head coach Jamion Christian or the University. There was a message sent for a reason that really is unimportant to you and I. Let's hope it was properly received.
- Josh Castellanos became the fifth player in six games to lead the Mount in scoring. He scored nine of his 14 in the closing moments. He picked a fine time to drain his first three-pointer of the season, and he made enough, just enough free throws, to stave off Binghamton.
- I mentioned Krajina a little bit earlier, but its worth mentioning again as he was one of 5 players in double figures. I heard a lot of positives about him during the preseason but it seemed like he finally delivered on that. It certainly felt like the Mount found itself in more half-court sets than they have early in the season, and its nice to know that Krajina is a valid option inside. With yesterday's performance he's now 13-of-16 from the floor on the season, and that nice little left hand hook looks like a weapon.
- By the numbers, the Mount performance wasn't quite as dramatic as its been early in the season. The Mounties forced only 21 turnovers on 70 possessions and it got only 24 of its 71 points from behind the arc. Waking up this morning the Mount is now 3rd in the country in percentage of points from three-pointers, 4th in percentage of defensive possessions resulting in a turnover, and 7th in percentage of defensive possessions resulting in a steal.
- Speaking of steals, Rashad Whack had three more, basically on his average of 2.8 per game, which is tied for 18th in the country. Julian Norfleet had 5 steals yesterday, after failing to record at least 2 for the first time in the win at GW. He now averages 2.3 on the season.
Again any road win is a good win. The Mount is now 3-3 and returns home on Friday night for a game against in-state rival Navy.