Monroe ignited the Saints' offense, scoring 16 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter while starting a 25-10 run in the final six minutes, 30 seconds Monday to lead St. James to a 74-64 victory over the Quakers in a Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball game.
"We just fought hard because we lost by 15 points at their place before," Monroe said. "The whole team was ready to play today. We knew that we had to win this game, if we wanted to still have a chance to win our conference. My performance during the fourth quarter was probably my best this year."
St. James (8-7, 4-4) tied Flint Hill for third place in the conference following first-place Potomac (10-0) and second-place Sidwell Friends (8-10, 6-3).
Once the Saints jumpstarted the offense, it rolled over the Quakers. Monroe converted a three-point play to start a 9-0 run to give the Saints the lead for good at 58-54 with 3:30 remaining.
St. James put the game out out of reach by hitting 13 of 18 foul shots in the fourth quarter, including 7 of 10 by Monroe. The Saints went 24-for-32 from the line for the game.
Jared Knotts, St. James' 6-foot-6 senior power forward, collected 24 points and nine rebounds for the Saints while Monroe added seven assists and eight rebounds.
"We played good defense when we needed to," Knotts said. "They tried to stop me in the post and Brandon Monroe stepped up to help us win."
Ro Ma scored 30 points and Ben Richardson added 17 points for Sidwell Friends.
"It wasn't just one thing; we were good in all areas," St. James coach Wayne Ridenour said. "We rebounded well, we shot the ball well and we had a good performance from the free throw line."