Arlington, Texas (November 23, 2016) – Sophomore Elijah Long and freshman Miles Wilson both tallied career highs in points, combining for 53 of the team's 71 points, but Mount St. Mary's University fell at UT Arlington, 80-71, on Wednesday night at College Park Center.
Long netted a game-high 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting and a 3-for-3 mark from downtown to go along with five rebounds and five assists as he topped his previous career best of 20 points, set at Sacred Heart last season. Wilson registered 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor and added three rebounds in the contest. Greg Alexander hit a trio from long range for nine points, and Mawdo Sallah led the squad with a game-high 11 rebounds.
Jalen Jones paced UT Arlington with 18 points and seven rebounds while Erick Neal added a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists and Nathan Hawkins chipped in with 12 points.
The Mount (1-5) shot 48-percent from the field and 39-percent from long range in the contest, while UT Arlington (3-3) shot 53-percent and 32-percent from three-point range.
Long scored the first six points of the contest and the Mountaineer defense held UTA off the board for nearly four minutes as the Mount jumped out to an early 6-0 lead. The Mavericks found their groove following the first media timeout, going on a 14-2 run to take a six-point advantage.
With the Mount trailing 20-15 midway through the opening half, Wilson converted a three-point play and Alexander knocked down a corner three to give the Mountaineers a 21-20 advantage, their first lead since the 14:49 mark.
The Mavericks answered with a 9-0 run to regain a 29-21 lead, but the Mount battled back with a 9-2 run of its own, fueled by eight points from Wilson, to trim the deficit to 31-30. UTA held onto the one-point lead through the end of the half, heading into the locker room with a 35-34 advantage.
Wilson surpassed his previous career-high in points in the first half alone, netting 16 on 5-of-5 shooting and six free throws, while Long chipped in with 11 points. The Mount shot 55-percent from the field and 44-percent from long range in the period, but turned the ball over 16 times as the Mavericks scored 17 points off Mount turnovers.
UTA netted the first eight points of the second half to open a nine point advantage, 43-34, but Long responded with the game's next five points, including his second three-pointer of the game, to bring the Mount back within four, 43-39, at the 16:34 mark.
UTA outscored the Mount 20-12 in the ensuing 10 minutes of play to open its largest lead of the contest, 63-51, with just under seven minutes remaining. Kaelon Wilson and Hawkins led the charge for the Mavericks with 14 combined points during the stretch.
The Mount cut the lead to seven, 74-67, following an Alexander three-pointer at the 1:35 mark, but that was as close as the Mountaineers would get as UTA hit its free throws in the final minute to close out the 80-71 victory.
The Mount continues its nine-game road trip at No. 25 Michigan on Saturday, November 26 at 7 p.m.
NOTE: Senior Will Miller, a native of Dallas, Texas, made a return just outside his hometown, playing in front of 50-plus friends and family.