Fayetteville, Ark. (November 28, 2016) – Mount St. Mary's University was dealt an 89-76 defeat at Arkansas on Monday night in non-conference men's basketball action at Bud Walton Arena. Elijah Long scored a game-high 24 points in the contest to lead all scorers.
Long registered 17 of his 24 points in the first half as he notched his second 20-plus point performance in his last three games. The sophomore also added a career-high seven assists to go along with seven rebounds in the game. Junior Greg Alexander helped pace the Mount with 12 points and four rebounds.
Daryl Macon scored a team-high 15 points for Arkansas while four other Razorbacks reached double-figures, including Jaylen Barford and Dustin Thomas, who tallied 13 apiece.
Will Miller knocked down a three in the early going to give the Mount a 7-5 lead before Arkansas went on an 11-0 run in a stretch of three-plus minutes to take a 16-7 lead. The Mount answered with a 7-2 run, capped by a three-pointer from Long and layup from Alexander, to close the gap to 18-14 at the midway point of the first half.
Arkansas (4-1) opened their largest lead of the period at the 2:38 mark following an Anton Beard three-pointer as they jumped ahead, 43-31. Long brought the Mount closer in the final minutes, scoring seven of the team's final nine points of the half as the Mount headed into the break trailing 45-37. Long netted 17 points in the stanza and the Mount shot 50-percent (15-30) as a team.
The Mount (1-7) hung within striking distance early in the second half as Alexander paced the team with eight points in the opening six minutes. The Mountaineers pulled to within six, 59-53, later in the period following a Mawdo Sallah put back layup.
With the Mount trailing by just six points, Arkansas went on a 16-3 run over a five-minute stretch, fueled by seven points from Macon, to extend its lead to 75-56 with 7:04 remaining.The Mountaineers pulled to within 13 points in the final minutes, but that was as close as they would get, eventually falling by an 89-76 margin.
The Mount shot 27-for-61 (44.3-percent) from the floor and 10-of-29 (34.5-percent) from long range while Arkansas went 32-for-67 (47.8-percent) overall and 8-for-19 (42.1-percent) from three-point land.
The Mount, in the midst of a nine-game road trip to open the season, heads back to the state of Maryland to take on Loyola on Saturday, December 3 at 4 p.m.