Robinson scores 23; Mount St. Mary’s holds off Sacred Heart

EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) Junior Robinson hit 14 of 17 free throws and finished with 23 points to help Mount St. Mary’s hold on for an 81-75 win over Sacred Heart on Thursday night.

Donald Carey had 14 points, Jonah Antonio scored 13 and Greg Alexander added 12 for Mount St. Mary’s (9-9, 3-2 Northeast Conference).

Sacred Heart used a 13-0 run – as Mount St. Mary’s went scoreless for nearly eight minutes – to pull within four points with 4:48 to play, but the Pioneers would get no closer. Bobby Planutis ended the scoring drought with two free throws, Antonio added a layup to make it 66-58 about a minute later and Mount St. Mary made 13 of 16 free throws, including 8 of 10 by Robinson, in the final three minutes to seal it.

De’von Barnett had 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting for Sacred Heart (6-12, 1-4). Sean Hoehn added 17 points and seven assists, Mario Matasovic had 12 points and 14 rebounds and Zach Radz scored 13.

The Mountaineers hit five 3-pointers, including two by Antonio, during a 19-2 run that made it 22-8 nearly seven minutes in and Robinson made a layup to push the lead to 20 points with five minutes left in the first half.