Emmitsburg, Md. (December 7, 2016)--Mawdo Sallah recorded his first career double-double, but Mount St. Mary's was clipped by UMBC, 78-70, in the home opener at Knott Arena on Wednesday night. The Mountaineers had five players score in double figures in the game.
The Mount (1-9) led 29-28 at the half, but UMBC used a 24-to-5 run to start the second half to take an 18-point advantage. Joe Sherburne keyed the scoring spurt, hitting four three-pointers during the run, including three in a row in a span of 1:14 that pushed the lead to 52-34 with 12:20 remaining.
Mount St. Mary's methodically got back into the game, using an 8-0 run that cut the deficit to 52-42. Freshman Miles Wilson and Junior Robinson connected on back-to-back three-pointers while Wilson added a lay-up off a steal to make it a 10-point game.
The Mount was able to whittle the margin down to six, 60-54, with 3:15 left after a Chris Wray lay-up. UMBC's Jairus Lyles countered with a pair of free throws and a lay-up to push the advantage back to double digits.
Mount St. Mary's continued to chip away, making it a five-point game after a pair of Elijah Long free throws with 50 seconds left. UMBC, however, went 7-for-10 at the line the rest of the way to hold on for the victory.
Sallah finished the game with career highs of 10 points and 15 rebounds while adding four blocked shots in 28 minutes of action. His 15 rebounds are the most by a Mount player since Kelly Beidler pulled down 15 boards in the Mount's NCAA Opening Round win over Coppin State on March 18, 2008.
Long led the Mount with 17 points and four assists while Wilson (14), Robinson (11), Greg Alexander (11) and Sallah (10) also reached double figures in the game.
Sherburne led all scorers with a career-high 28 points, hitting all six of his three-point attempts in the game. Lyles added 24 points for the Retrievers (7-1) as well.
The Mount shot 43.3 percent from the floor and was 6-of-21 (.286) from three-point range and 12-of-21 (.571) from the foul line in the loss. UMBC shot 47.2 percent from the floor, including 13-of-20 (.650) in the second half.
The first half was close throughout with the Mount holding a 29-28 advantage at the break. Trailing 22-19, Mount St. Mary's went on an 8-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game, 27-22. Long hit a three-pointer, Alexander converted a traditional three-point play, and Long scored in the paint for the Mount's points during the run.
The Mountaineers are back in action on Saturday, December 10, with a 4:00 p.m. matchup against Lehigh at Knott Arena.
Game Notes: The Mount is now 3-2 under head coach Jamion Christian in home openers...The Mountaineers are 29-21 all-time against UMBC, but the Retrievers have won the past three meetings.