On Monday night, the Mansfield Mountaineers men’s basketball team faced off in a road clash with Dominican University of New York in non-conference action. The Chargers narrowly escaped with a 92-88 overtime battle.
The Ali brothers combined for 48 points on the night, with Saraj Ali scoring his career high 26 points and posting another double-double with ten rebounds. Idris Ali scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds. Both Saraj and Idris Ali are Loyalsock graduates.
Manir Waller picked up his first double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and earning 13 rebounds on the night. Dominican broke out to an early 21-11 start on their home court, setting an early momentum boost. The Mounties exploded over the next eight minutes, with a 20-5 dominant offensive output to take the 31-26 lead with five minutes left in the half. Idris Ali picked up seven points himself during the run.
As halftime started, the Chargers held a narrow 36-35 lead going into the final half, but Mansfield owned the momentum after their dominance in the paint with 28 rebounds. The Ali brothers combined to score 19 of the Mounties first half points.
A hard-fought battle broke out to start the second, with six lead changes in the first five minutes, but the host held a slight 52-48 advantage. Mansfield kept