North East, PA- Looking to set a new program best with the longest winning streak in program history, the Mercyhurst North East Men's Basketball team hosted Villa Maria College out of Buffalo, NY for a non-conference matchup.
With history on the line the Saints started off hot going 2-3 beyond the arc to take an early 8-0 lead. Villa Marias' Dejuan Owens had the answer as he hit back-to-back-to-back three pointers for the Vikings to make it 13-11 Saints.
Villa Maria took its first lead of the game 21-20 with a steal and dunk by Dejuan Owens. The Saints responded with a dunk of their own as big man Shamar Jeffrey caught the ball baseline and went up for a two handed dunk giving the Saints a 22-21 lead.
The lead continued to flip back and forth before the Saints used a 15-7 run to close out the half and take a 43-35 lead into the break.
As the 2nd half got under way, Shequon Lindesey scored 4 quicks points during a 6-0 run to increasing the lead to 14 points.
Villa Maria once again had an answer as they fired off 10 straight points to make it 49-45 which lead to a Mercyhurst North East timeout.
Out of the timeout the Saints went on a 13-4 run extending their lead to 13.
The Saints hung-on to win a hard fought battle 87-79 and set a new program mark with its first 11 game winning streak in men's basketball history.
Mercyhurst improved to 15-4 on the season while Villa Maria College fell to 7-19.
Gerrell Williams led the Saints with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Omar little scored 16 points going 8-8 from the freethrow line. Big man Shequon Lindesey added 12 points and 6 rebounds.
Dejuan Owens led Villa Maria with 26 points respectively.
The Saints are back in action when they travel to Geneesee Community College Tuesday, January 26th for a 7:30 tip.