Ames, Iowa (November 14, 2016)—Despite 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists from sophomore guard Elijah Long (Mississauga, Ont.), Mount St. Mary's fell to No. 20 Iowa State, 73-55, on Monday night. The game featured a matchup of brothers as Long faced off against his older brother, Iowa State's Nazareth Mitrou-Long.
Trailing 43-24 early in the second half, the Mount went on a 15-to-6 run to cut the deficit to 49-39 with 13:28 remaining. Long and Miles Wilson started the run with back-to-back three-pointers. Another Wilson three-pointer and a triple from Will Miller made it 48-36. After an ISU free throw, Wilson converted a traditional three-point play to make it a 10-point game. A freshman, Wilson scored nine of the Mount's 15 points during the streak.
The Cyclones (2-0 responded by scoring the next 12 points for a 61-39 lead. From there, Iowa State was able to close out the win.
Long hit 5-of-15 from the field and was 7-of-8 from the foul line for his game-high 19 points. Wilson added 11 points off the bench while Mawdo Sallah collected a career-high 14 rebounds. The Mount shot 26.6 percent overall, but was 8-for-20 (.400) from three-point range and 13-of-16 (.813) at the foul line.
Monte Morris led Iowa State with 18 points while Deonte Burton added 10 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Mitrou-Long finished with eight points and six rebounds for ISU while the Cyclones shot 44.8 percent from the floor in the game.
In the first half, the Mount's Junior Robinson converted a drive in the lane to cut Iowa State's early lead to 7-4, but the Cyclones answered with a 12-0 run over the next five minutes for a 15-point advantage. The Mount's Long countered with a pair of free throws and a three-pointer from the top of the key to cut the deficit to 25-15. Iowa State answered with the next eight points to regain control, and headed to the locker room with a 39-22 lead at the half.
Long paced the Mountaineers with 10 points in the opening half while Sallah grabbed eight rebounds. The Mount hit just 5-of-24 (.208) from the field in the first half, but was 10-of-12 (.833) at the foul line. Iowa State was 17-of-37 (.459) from the field in the half, and held a 24-17 advantage on the boards.
Mount St. Mary's continues its road trip at Minnesota on Wednesday, November 16. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. ET.