by Mary Lakhan

The Terriers (11-13, 5-7) defeated the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (10-14, 6-5) in their revenge game on Saturday afternoon inside the Pope Physical Education Center by a score of 70-67.

The Terriers are currently in 7th place in the NEC. They must maintain or raise their standing within their remaining six games to move on to the NEC Tournament playoffs.

In the first half of the contest, the Terriers took an early 8-3 lead over the Mountaineers. Accumulating points throughout the half, the Mountaineers would cut the Terriers lead to one with a jumper from Brandon Leftwich with 2:36 on the clock. However the Terriers would take the half 32-30.

In the second half, the Terriers went on a 12-3 run, extending their lead to double digits, 44-33. On a 21-9 run, the Mountaineers would cut the lead down to 63-61. Their efforts weren’t enough as the Terriers would take the contest 70-67.

Top performers from the Mount were Damian Chong Qui, Vado Morse, Nana Opoku, Omar Habwe, and Malik Jefferson.

Sophomore guard Damian Chong Qui led with 20 points in 34 minutes. He recorded four rebounds, seven assists, scored four of seven attempted three-pointers, and landed six perfect shots at the free-throw line.

Sophomore guard Vado Morse finished with 16 points in 32 minutes. He grabbed one rebound, assisted in two baskets, recorded one steal, scored four of nine attempted three-pointers, and scored four of six shots at the free-throw line.

Redshirt sophomore forward tallied 10 points in 24 minutes. He grabbed nine rebounds, recorded one block, scored a lonesome three-pointer and a shot at the free-throw line.

Junior forward Omar Habwe and sophomore forward Malik Jefferson finished with a combined 11 points. Habwe finished with nine points, six rebounds, one block, and scored one of three attempted three-pointers in 24 minutes. Jefferson finished with two pointers, six rebounds, and landed two perfect shots at the free-throw line in 24 minutes.

From the Terriers, top performers were Unique McLean, Larry Moreno, and Rob Higgins, Chauncey Hawkins.

Graduate guard Unique McLean led with 21 points in 40 minutes. He recorded four rebounds, four assists, one steal, scored one of four attempted three-pointers and landed four of six shots at the free-throw line.

Sophomore guard Larry Moreno recorded a career-high of 19 points in 20 minutes. He assisted in one basket, recorded one steal and scored five of six attempted three-pointers.

Freshman guard Rob Higgins finished with 14 points in 36 minutes. He grabbed two rebounds, recorded one steal, and scored two of three shots at the free-throw line.

The Terriers will be back in action on Thursday, February 13, as they host the Merrimack Warriors at the Pope Physical Education Center in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Game tips off at 7 p.m.

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