STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A quick take on Wagner's 74-67 win over Monmouth on Thursday night at the Spiro Sports Center.
WHAT IT MEANS: Wagner, under second-year coach Dan Hurley, has now won seven in a row, and 15 of its past 16 games. The Seahawks are 22-4 overall and 12-2 in the Northeast Conference, but still trail LIU-Brooklyn (20-7, 14-1 NEC) by a game in the standings.
Monmouth, under first-year coach King Rice, falls to 9-19 overall, and 7-8 in the NEC. The Hawks had won five of their past six.
THE SKINNY: After falling behind by six early, Wagner bounced back to take an eight-point lead, 32-24, and led 39-33 at intermission. Senior swingman Tyler Murray had 15 points in the first 20 minutes, including burying four of his five 3-point attempts.
Wagner led by as many as 10 early in the second half, but Monmouth rallied to cut the deficit to one, 55-54, and had a foul shot that would have tied the game. But the free throw was missed, Wagner responded with a 10-0 run, and the Seahawks made their free throws to salt the game away.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Murray finished with 20 points, one shy of his season high, making five of his 10 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. Sophomore guard Latif Rivers chipped in 13.
Dion Nesmith led Monmouth with 13 points.
NUMBER CRUNCH: Wagner hit 11 3-pointers as a team, to just two for Monmouth -- that made a huge difference. Also, Monmouth shot terribly from the foul line, 15-for-27, and it cost them dearly.
WHAT'S NEXT: Wagner has three regular season games remaining, starting with Fairleigh Dickinson (2-24, 1-14 NEC) on Saturday at 7 p.m., back here at the Spiro Sports Center.
Monmouth will play at Mount St. Mary's (7-19, 5-10 NEC) on Saturday at 7 p.m.