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December 30, 2011
Mt. Vernon Unseats Seton Catholic
Senior Randy Stephens scored 17 points, including two pivotal baskets down the during the crucial run to lead Mount Vernon over Seton Catholic, 64-48 in a National Division game at the 20th annual STOP-DWI Holiday Classic.
Down four at the half and two heading into the fourth quarter, Mount Vernon put together a devastating 19-4 run in the game's final five minutes to secure the 18-point victory. Following Seton Catholic senior Tom Torto's three-point play with over five minutes remaining to bring the Saints within one, 45-44, Mount Vernon began to pull away.
Mount Vernon, who's pesky defense picked up 13 steals, moves onto the fifth place game against St. Rita on Friday morning at 11:15 a.m., while Seton Catholic will face-off with Dixie Heights in the seventh place matchup at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning.
Playing at a heightened pace, the Knights outscored Seton 25-7 in the fourth quarter on the strength of a lopsided 37-17 overall rebounding advantage. Mount Vernon, who trailed most of the game, shot 47 percent (26-of-55) from field, making just one three-pointer.
After scoring just four points in Wednesday night's loss to St. Thomas, Tom Torto had a game-high 29 points (14 in the first half) for Seton Catholic, who held a 33-29 halftime lead. Torto, who is 0-for-10 from the three-point line for the tournament, converted two big old-fashioned three-point plays to help Seton build a lead as large as ten in the first half.
In the third quarter, Seton continued to hold its lead riding the steady play of Torto and taking a 41-39 lead into the fourth quarter. However, 16 second chance points by Mount Vernon assisted in the overwhelming run.
Mount Vernon senior Isaiah Cousins and junior Jamal Lewis each recorded double-digit efforts for the Knights, scoring 13 and 11 points, respectively.