Mount St. Mary's Men's Basketball to Face UMBC in the Home Opener on Wednesday Night

Mount St. Mary's Men's Basketball to Face UMBC in the Home Opener on Wednesday Night

Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 p.m.
Knott Arena, Emmitsburg, Md.

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  • Mount St. Mary's lost to rival Loyola, 64-57, on Saturday afternoon in the 172nd all-time meeting between the two schools.  The Mount led 56-55 with five minutes remaining, but Loyola was able to rally for the win.  Trailing 59-57, the Mount had a pair of chances to tie the score or take the lead, but could not convert, and the Greyhounds were able to seal the win at the free throw line in the final minute.  Elijah Long led the Mount with 16 points.
  • The Mount will be playing its first home game of the season against UMBC.  The Mountaineers opened the 2016-17 season with the first nine games on the road.  The Mount is 38-12 (.760) all-time at home under head coach Jamion Christian.
  • Mount St. Mary's is 18-10 in home openers since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89, including a 3-1 mark under head coach Jamion Christian.  This is the latest home opener for the Mount since the 1992-93 team had its home opener on Dec. 29, 1992.
  • Mawdo Sallah notched a career-high six blocks in the Mount's loss at Loyola on Saturday.  The six blocks were the most by a Mount player since Danny Thompson had six against Albany on Dec. 31, 2011, at Knott Arena.
  • Elijah Long has scored in double figures in each of the Mount's first nine games this season. Long, who is coming off a team-high 16 points at Loyola, is averaging 16.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.  He has scored 20 or more points on two occasions, including a career-high 27 at UT Arlington on November 23.
  • Mount St. Mary's has limited opponents to 51-of-155 (.329) from three-point range this season.  Mount opponents are averaging 5.7 three-point field goals made per game, and are scoring just 22.2 percent of their points from beyond the three-point arc.  During head coach Jamion Christian's tenure, Mount opponents are averaging 5.1 three-pointers made per game.