Huntington, W.V. (November 14, 2018) – The Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team fell at Marshall by a 98-75 margin on Wednesday night. The Herd drained 19 three-pointers in the contest, tying a program record for most in a single game.
Sophomore Jalen Gibbs led the Mount in scoring for the third straight game, finishing with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting and a perfect 3-for-3 mark from long range. Gibbs now has double-digit scoring efforts in all three games this year. Rookie Malik Jefferson, who went 7-for-9 from the field, collected his first career double-double with 15 points and 14 boards. Nana Opoku made all five of his field goals and finished with his second straight double-figure performance with 14 points.
Marshall was led by Jon Elmore, who knocked down 7-of-14 from three-point range and registered a game-high 24 points and eight assists. C.J. Burks (16 points) and Jarrod West (14 pts) combined for seven threes to help pace the Herd.
The Mount shot 51.9-percent in the contest and hit 14-of-31 (.452) from deep, while Marshall posted a 50.7-percent mark from the field and a 19-of-45 (.422) clip from deep. The Mountaineers held a 39-32 advantage on the glass.
Marshall, coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance and first round win last season, moved to 3-0 on the year with the victory. The Mountaineers dropped to 0-3 on the young season with the loss.
The Mount built an early lead for the second straight game, jumping out in front by a 9-2 margin in the first three minutes. The Mountaineers forced three turnovers on the defensive end and hit four of their first five shots during the stretch.
Eight straight points from the Herd at the midway mark of the frame tied the contest at 16-all. After a bucket from Malik Jefferson and two free throws from Omar Habwe gave the Mount a four-point advantage, Marshall answered with a 13-1 run, fueled by a pair of three-pointers from Elmore.
Gibbs put an end to the Herd's run with a three-pointer in the corner off a feed from Vado Morse, and Matt Becht nailed another three on the Mount's next possession to make it six straight. A layup in transition from Gibbs at the 4:49 mark brought the Mount back even at 29-29.
Marshall countered with an 11-3 run to build its lead back to eight, 40-32, with 2:11 left in the half. Elmore capped his big first half with back-to-back threes in the final minute to make it a 48-37 Marshall lead heading into the break.
The Mountaineers shot 60.9 percent from the floor and went 6-of-8 (.750) from three in the first half, but turned the ball over 15 times. Marshall did most of its damage from long range, going 11-of-21 from deep in the opening frame. Elmore scored all 18 of his first half points from beyond the arc for the Herd, as the senior knocked down 6-of-8 from three-point range.
The Herd came out the halftime break firing from deep, draining five three-pointers in the opening five minutes. The early sharpshooting increased Marshall's advantage to 64-39 at the 15:01 mark. The Herd pushed it to 69-39 with 13:02 on the clock, capping off a 21-2 run to open the second half.
The Mount battled for the remainder of the second half but wasn't able to cut the deficit below 20 points, as Marshall closed out the 98-75 victory.
Mount St. Mary's closes out its road swing at Maryland on Sunday, November 18, with opening tip from the XFINITY Center set for 4 p.m.