Baltimore, Md. (December 3, 2016)—Mount St. Mary's fell to rival Loyola, 64-57, on Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena. It was the 172nd meeting between the longtime rivals with the Mount now holding a 99-73 lead in the series.
In a nip-and-tuck affair that included 11 ties and 12 lead changes, the Mount (1-8) grabbed a 56-54 advantage when Junior Robinson scored on a fast break with 4:59 remaining. Loyola answered with a 5-0 run that was capped by a pair of Nevell Provo free throws with 3:31 left for a 59-56 lead.
The Mount's Elijah Long hit 1-of-2 at the line to cut the deficit to 59-57 with2:20 left, and the Mountaineers had a pair of chances to cut into the lead after that. The Mount committed a turnover with 1:35 left, and after a Loyola turnover, Greg Alexander's three-pointer from the right win with a 1:01 remaining was off the mark.
The Greyhounds (4-4) then converted 5-of-6 from the foul line in the final minute to secure the victory.
Long led the Mount with 16 points while adding five rebounds and three assists. Robinson chiped in 14 points and three assists while Mawdo Sallah stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, eight rebounds and a career-high six blocks.
Jarred Jones led Loyola with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists with Andrew Walker adding 12 points in the win.
The Mount shot 40.0 percent from the field in the game, but was 9-of-15 (.600) from the charity stripe. Loyola shot 37.3 percent, but converted 23-of-27 (.852) free throws in the win.
In an evenly played first half, Loyola used a 7-0 run to grab an 18-11 advantage. The Mountaineers responded with a 7-0 run of their own on a Khalid Nwandu lay-up, a Robinson three-pointer and a Long bucket.
The Mount evened the score again at 26-26 when Chris Wray slammed home an alley-oop pass from Long with four minutes left in the half. The Greyhounds answered with a 7-1 run to take a 33-27 advantage before the Mount closed the half on a Long basket and a Wilson three-pointer to make it 33-32 at the half.
The Mount shot 44.8 percent from the field in the first half, but were outrebounded by a 22-to-15 margin. Loyola hit 9-of-10 at the foul line in the opening 20 minutes.
The Mount is back in action on Wednesday, December 7, with the home opener against UMBC. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. at Knott Arena.