Morgantown, W. Va. (November 11, 2016)—Greg Alexander scored a team-high 15 points in his Mount St. Mary's debut, but the Mount fell at No. 20 West Virginia, 87-59, in the season opener on Friday night. Elijah Long chipped in 14 points, five rebounds and four assists while freshman Miles Wilson added 11 points in his Mount debut.
The Mount (0-1) shot 35.2 percent overall and was 7-of-24 (.292) from three-point range in the game. West Virginia shot 47.8 percent overall and was 6-of-18 (.333) from beyond the arc. West Virginia scored 26 points off 21 Mount turnovers and had 20 second-chance points. The Mount hit 14-of-20 (.700) free throws.
Alexander went 4-for-9 from three-point range en route to his team-high 15 points. Long was 5-for-10 from the field. Nathan Adrian led West Virginia with 13 points while Sagaba Konate added 11 points and six points off the bench.
West Virginia jumped out to an early 7-0 lead before Alexander drilled a three-pointer to put the Mount on the scoreboard. A Long bucket in transition cut the deficit to 9-5 before West Virginia went on a 16-to-5 run to take a 25-10 lead. A Robinson three-pointer cut the gap to 25-15, but West Virginia was able to close the half on an 18-to-9 run for a 43-24 halftime advantage.
The Mount struggled from the field in the opening half, shooting 25 percent overall (7-of-28) and 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from three-point range.
The Mount continues its road trip at No. 24 Iowa State on Monday night. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. and Mount fans can listen live on WFMD (930AM).
Game Notes: The Mount opens the season with its first nine games on the road…The Mount is 0-5 all-time against West Virginia…Wilson (11 points), Bryce Thurston (2 points), Ryan Gomes (4 rebounds) and Sean Gurdon all made their Mount debuts in the game.