Misericordia University senior Robbie Johnson scored his 1,000th career point as the Cougar men’s basketball team defeated Manhattanville 72-58, Saturday in the Anderson Center in Dallas.
Johnson, a Mountain View graduate, shot a red-hot 9-of-10 from the field for a game-high 21 points.
After scoring just three points in a victory over DeSales on Wednesday, Johnson left no doubts as to whether he would reach the 1,000-point plateau against the Valiants. The senior guard came into the game needing 11 and had scored 14 by halftime on 6-of-7 shooting.
Four minutes into the action, Johnson drove hard for a bank shot that gave MU an early 11-4 lead.
Midway through the opening half, Johnson hit a nice scoop shot to stretch Misericordia’s lead to eight. Later, a Johnson three pulled him within four of the milestone and gave the Cougars a 24-13 advantage.
By now, the senior was feeling it and kept managing to beat his defenders and get into the lane. His runner with 4:34 left before halftime put the Cougars up 30-13, and he was soon fouled, hitting one free throw to give him 999 points for his career.
The milestone basket came on another isolation drive, as Johnson beat his man and got to the rim for a 35-17 Misericordia lead with 2:12 remaining on the clock.
The Cougars led 41-20 at halftime and ran away with the game in the second period.
The Cougars improve to 10-6, 3-2 and move into second place in the crowded Freedom Conference standings (six teams are currently within a game of .500). MU will host King’s, Wednesday at 6 p.m.