Basketball is a game of runs, and Monmouth proved that and more Friday night with a 17-2 run capped off by a game-winning 3 to beat Rider 79-78.
The Hawks made waves early this season with its incredible bench celebrations, but this time the play on the court was the cause of excitement.
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Monmouth hit six straight shots, but still trailed by two points with 14.6 seconds left in the game. With only final possession, guard Justin Robinson received an inbounds pass from the right side of the arc, moved to the top of the key and nailed a 3-pointer with 3.4 ticks left to put the Hawks up 79-78. Rider didn't get another shot off to give Monmouth its seventh consecutive win.
Robinson led the Hawks with 21 points -- including five 3-pointers -- and six assists. With the win, Monmouth improves to 21-5, tying the school record for wins in a season.