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Winthrop 74, Mount St. Mary's, Md. 59

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- Phillip Williams led five players in double figures with a game-high 17 points as Winthrop downed Mount St. Mary's 74-59 on Monday night.

Other Eagles scoring in double figures were Torrell Martin, with 16 points, Craig Bradshaw, with 13, Michael Jenkins, with 11, and Chris Gaynor, with 10.

Winthrop (8-3) took control of the game early by outscoring Mount St. Mary's 17-2 in the opening 5:17 of the game. Williams gave the Eagles an 18-point lead, the night's largest, with a jumper that put Winthrop up 25-7 with 6:58 left in the first half.

But Mount St. Mary's (2-8) cut the deficit to just six points at 30-24 with four seconds to halftime after two free throws by Guyvans Richards. Gaynor gave the Eagles a 33-24 halftime lead with a running 40-footer just before the buzzer.

The Eagles quickly took control in the second half by outscoring The Mount 10-5 in the first 3:16 of the period. Winthrop took another 18-point lead at 52-34 at 13:26.

Winthrop had its strongest shooting performance of the season on 24-42 goals for 57.1 percent. The Eagles scored seven of 19 3-point attempts for 36.8 percent.

Mount St. Mary's shot 47.5 percent from the floor (19-40) but committed 18 turnovers. The Mount was led in scoring by Chris Vann, with 15 points, followed by Gus Durr, with 12.