Emmitsburg, Md. (December 22, 2018)--Mount St. Mary's stretched its win streak to three with an 83-44 victory over St. Mary's (Md.) at Knott Arena on Saturday afternoon. Vado Morse led the way with 18 points while Jalen Gibbs just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds for the Mountaineers.
The Mount (3-9) opened the game with a 13-to-2 run to take control early. Gibbs scored the Mount's first five points with his traditional three-point play give the Mountaineers a 5-2 lead. Morse added a jumper, Damian Chong Qui a lay-up, Collin Nnamane a dunk on a feed from Morse, and Omar Habwe a pair of free throws to close out the run.
After a three-pointer by St. Mary's guard Matt Ayoub, the Mount rattled off the next 10 points to stretch the advantage to 23-5 with 9:50 left in the opening half. Dee Barnes started the run with back-to-back buckets while Martin Poulsen ended it with a fast-break basket. Mount St. Mary's continued to add to the lead, taking a 43-19 advantage at the half on a Barnes three-pointer. A 14-to-6 Mount run to open the second half pushed the lead to 31 with 12:46 remaining. From there, the Mountaineers were able to cruise to the 39-point win.
Morse finished the game with a career-best 18 points while adding four assists and four steals in 25 minutes of action. Gibbs added 13 points and a career-high nine rebounds for the Mount while Nnamane chipped in eight points and four boards off the bench. Nana Opoku had seven points, six boards and a pair of blocks while Barnes chipped in seven points and four rebounds in the win. Malik Jefferson, coming off a 20-rebound effort at American, finished the contest with four points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes. Habwe added seven points and six rebounds as all 13 Mountaineers who played scored in the game. Justin Milstead led the Seahawks with 10 points and six rebounds.
The Mount shot 44.6 percent in the game while hitting just 4-of-23 (.174) from three-point range. The Mountaineers dominated on the boards, outrebounding St. Mary's, 52-27, in the game while scoring 20 points off 22 offensive rebounds. St. Mary's shot 26.3 percent in the game, including 6-of-23 (.261) from beyond the three-point arc.
Mount St. Mary's is back in action with its final non-conference game of the season on Sunday, December 30, at Minnesota. The game will air live on ESPNU at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Notes: Mount St. Mary's head coach Dan Engelstad, in his first season with the Mountaineers, was facing his alma mater...Engelstad graduated from St. Mary's College in 2007 as the school's all-time assist leader...The game was an exhibition game for St. Mary's College, but counts in the Mount's season record...The Mount has held the opposition to 52.7 points and 36.7 percent shooting during its three-game win streak.