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Mount Saint Vincent Snaps Four Game Skid; Cunningham Becomes 15th Member Of 1,000 Point Club
1/10/2013 - Riverdale, N.Y. – Paced by a season-high 27 points from senior Shaquille Cunningham (Brooklyn, N.Y.), the College of Mount Saint Vincent Men's Basketball squad snapped a four game losing streak with an 80-56 Skyline Conference win over NYU-POLY. Cunningham knocked in a career-high five three-pointers on the way to becoming
the 15th member of the 1,000 point club.
 
Mount Saint Vincent never trailed in the game and used a 16-2 run over the first 5:49 of the game to open a 14 point advantage. A Cunningham triple and a three-point play from Gerard Fraser (Staten Island, N.Y.) keyed the stretch for the Dolphins.
 
The Dolphins would not allow the Jays any closer then 11 points in the opening period and used a 20-12 spurt to open a 21 points advantage following a Fraser conversion with 4:38 to play in the half. Cunningham knocked in three of his five triples over the run, including the on that put him over the 1,000 point milestone with just under eight minutes left before halftime.
 
The Mount built its lead to a game-high 25 points after a D'Andre McPhatter (Bronx, N.Y.) tip-in at the buzzer. The Dolphins shot 51.3-percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes and held the visitors to just 8-for-24 from the floor. Cunningham led all players with 21 points after going 8-for-12 overall and 5-for-6 from behind the arc.
 
After building the big advantage at the break, the Dolphins scored just five points over the first 11:06 of the second half and allowed the Jays to close to within 10 points after a Jethro Auguste jumper with 8:54 left in the tilt.
 
The Mount would not allow NYU-POLY closer then 10 the rest of the way and pulled back in front by 21 following a 13-2 run over a three minute stretch. The Dolphins would let the advantage slip under 20 points just once over the final 5:28 as they moved to within a game of the .500 mark in Skyline Conference play.
 
Cunningham finished the night with 27 points on 8-for-13 shooting overall, 5-for-6 shooting from distance and a 6-for-10 effort from the free-throw line. He also hauled in three rebounds, handed out a pair of assists and swiped two steals. He became the first Mount Saint Vincent player to reach 1,000 points since Dino Johnson achieved the milestone on February 10, 2011 at Bard.
 
Joining Cunningham in double-figures on Wednesday were James Zuccaro (Gilbert, Ariz.) with 11 points along with Fraser and McPhatter with 10 each. McPhatter notched his second double-double of the season with a game and career-high 12 rebounds. Fraser narrowly missed a double-double with nine boards, while Sean Caputo (Staten Island, N.Y.) came off the bench to hand out a team-high four assists.
 
Thomas Fabian paced the Jays with 21 points and led all players with five assists on the night. He wrapped up the night 6-for-10 from the floor and 8-for-9 from the charity stripe. Brendan Gallagher chipped in with 14 points, with Jethro Auguste and Stefan Stoyanovich each blocking a pair of shots.
 
Mount Saint Vincent held NYU-POLY to 39.6-percent shooting on the night, the third time it has held an opponent under 40-percent this season. The Dolphins converted on 46.8-percent of its chances and shot a blistering 56.3-percent from distance. The big advantage for the Mount came in points off of turnovers, where it held a 27-9 edge.
 
The win gets Mount Saint Vincent back into the win column and moves it to 4-8 overall on the season and to 2-3 in league play. Next up for the Dolphins is a trip to St. Joseph's-L.I. on Saturday. Tip-off with the Golden Eagles is slated for 5:15 p.m.