NEWBURGH – The Mount Saint Mary College Men’s Basketball team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Saturday afternoon following a 77-54 home loss to #22 RPI. Chris Yearwood led two Knights in double-figures with a game-high 20 points.
Saturday’s loss drops Mount Saint Mary to 3-6 overall on the season, while the Engineers improve to an unblemished 8-0.
Mount Saint Mary never led the in the contest and got as close as two points on three occasions after falling behind 4-0 in the early going.
Following a Yearwood jumper that cut the Knights’ deficit to 15-13, the Engineers put together a 14-5 run to pull in front 29-18 with just over four minutes left in the first half.
RPI went 4-for-8 from the floor over the 4:55 stretch and connected on five of its six free-throw attempts.
Back-to-back layups from Paul Sienke and Jayden Figueroa brought the Mount to within 29-22 with 2:44 left before halftime.
RPI scored the final nine points of the half, including three-pointers from Patrick Mahoney and Will Rubin, to pull away for a 38-22 halftime advantage.
RPI shot just shy of 42-percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes and connected on five three-pointers.
Mount Saint Mary converted at 39.1-percent from the floor overall and went 1-for-10 from behind the arc.
Rubin led all scorers at the break with 11 points for the Engineers.
Yearwood paced the Knights with seven first half points.
RPI came out with the first five points in the second half to open a 43-22 advantage and the Engineers did not allow the Knights closer than 18 points the rest of the afternoon.
RPI grew its lead to a game-high 28 points, at 58-30, with 13:03 left to play on a three-point play from Jonny Angbazo.
A Yearwood three-pointer cut the deficit to 61-43, but the Knights went nearly four minutes without a field goal late in the second half as the Engineers finished with the final 23-point advantage.
RPI shot an efficient 53.8-percent from the floor in the second half and outscored the Knights from the charity stripe after halftime 8-3.
Mount Saint Mary improved to 44.8-percent shooting in the second half.
Mahoney tallied 11 points in the second half to lead the Engineers.
Yearwood went a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range after halftime on his way to 13 second half points.
For The Knights
Yearwood finished with at least 20 points in a game for the fourth time in eight contests this season. He rounded out the day 7-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-5 from three-point range.
Sienke reached double-figures for the fourth straight game with 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting. He added five rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Figueroa led the Mount with eight rebounds, chipping in four points, a block and a steal.
For The Engineers
Angbazo led three players in double-figures with 17 points on 8-for-19 shooting. She closed a strong afternoon with six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals.
Mahoney contributed 15 points and seven rebounds to the win.
Rubin closed the victory with 15 points, going 4-for-4 from the floor, including three triples.
Dom Black finished up with five points, six rebounds and a game-high six assists.
Mount Saint Mary closes out the 2021 portion of the schedule on December 30 at Marywood.