Baltimore, Md. (December 1, 2018)—Malik Jefferson scored a career-best 22 points, but the Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team fell at rival Loyola, 75-65, on Saturday afternoon. In the 174th all-time meeting between the two teams, Loyola built an eight-point halftime lead, and maintained the advantage throughout the second half to earn the win.
Jefferson, a freshman forward, went 10-of-15 from the field en route to his 22-point effort while also collecting seven boards. Jalen Gibbs chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals for the Mountaineers as well. Loyola's Andrew Kostecka finished with game highs of 29 points and 11 rebounds while chipping in three assists, three steals and two blocks.
The Mount shot 37.9 percent in the game, including 11-of-33 (.333) from the floor in the second half. The Mountaineers were just 3-of-20 (.150) from three-point range in the game. Loyola shot 44.9 percent in the contest, and was 28-of-37 (.757) at the foul line.
Leading 40-32 at the half, Loyola stretched its advantage to 45-34 early in the second half. The Mount (0-7) was able to cut into the deficit and trailed 47-41 after a Gibbs three-pointer. The Greyhounds were able to stretch its lead to 65-52 with 4:54 on the clock after a pair of Sam Norton free throws. The Mount cut the deficit to 65-57 on a Jefferson basket, but would get no closer the rest of the way.
In the opening half, the Mount scored six consecutive points to take a 22-17 advantage. Jefferson opened the run with a pair of buckets in the paint, and Gibbs gave the Mount the five-point lead with a lay-up off a Jefferson feed.
A Gibbs bucket gave the Mount a 29-27 advantage, but Loyola was able to close the first half on a 13-to-3 run to grab a 40-32 lead at the break.
Loyola shot 48.1 percent from the field in the opening half, and were 11-of-14 (.786) at the foul line. The Mount shot 42.4 percent in the half, but were just 1-of-10 (.100) from three-point range.
Jefferson and Gibbs led the Mount with 12 points each in the half while Loyola's Kostecka had 13 first half points.
The Mountaineers are back in action on Wednesday, December 5, with a 6:30 p.m. game at St. John's.