Brooklyn, N.Y. (February 7, 2019)--Mount St. Mary's fell to LIU Brooklyn, 77-62, on Thursday night in Northeast Conference action at the Barclays Center. Jalen Gibbs paced the Mountaineers with 17 points in the game.
It was a balanced scoring effort for the Mount (5-19, 2-9 NEC) as five players scored eight or more points in the game. Gibbs hit 5-of-8 from three-point range en route to his team-high 17 points while chipping in five rebounds and two assists. Malik Jefferson added 12 points and seven rebounds while Collin Nnamene had a strong game with nine points on 4-of-4 shooting off the bench. Vado Morse had eight points and six assists while Omar Habwe also scored eight for the Mount in the game.
LIU (11-12, 5-6) also had a balanced attack with four players in double figures, led by Ty Flowers, who had 18 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Raiquan Clark chipped in a double with 10 points and 12 rebounds while Jashaun Agosto just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine assists. Raul Frias added 11 points, including a 3-of-5 mark from three-point range, off the bench. The Blackbirds scored the first 10 points of the game, and never trailed in the contest.
LIU shot 44.8 percent in the game, but was 11-of-24 (.458) from three-point range. The BLackbirds also held a 38-to-31 edge on the boards while hitting 14-of-16 (.875) at the charity stripe. The Mount shot 39.3 percent overall and was 6-of-18 (.333) from three-point range in the loss.
Gibbs hit a three-pointer to cut the Mount's deficit to 43-40 early in the second half, but the Blackbirds connected for the next nine points to stretch the lead to 52-40. Julian Batts capped the run with a three-pointer and then a four-point play. Gibbs stopped the run with another three-pointer, but the Blackbirds extended the lead to 58-43 with 11:20 remaining in the second half. Mount St. Mary's got back into the game with a 10-2 run to cut the LIU advantage to 60-53. Jefferson capped the run with back-to-back buckets on feeds from Morse.
The Blackbirds were able to answer, and extend the lead back to double figures at 66-55. Gibbs hit his fifth three-pointer of the game to make it 66-58, but LIU was able to close out the victory from there.
The Mountaineers missed their first nine shots of the game while spotting LIU Brooklyn a 10-0 advantage. The Mount got on the scoreboard when Nnamene hit his first three-pointer of the season 5:50 into the half to make it 10-3. Damian Chong Qui made it a 5-0 run with a bucket, but LIU's Eral Penn hit a three-pointer to stop the Mount run. The Mount continued to fight back, cutting the deficit to 16-14 on a pair of Habwe free throws at the 11:00 mark of the first half.
It was 18-16 after a Jefferson basket, but the Blackbirds responded with the next eight points to push the margin back to double figures. Morse countered for the Mount with the next four points of the game, and a Barnes layup made it 26-22, Another Jefferson basket brought the Mount within two at 30-28, but LIU pushed the lead back to 36-30 after a Raul Frias three-point basket. Gibbs answered on the other end with his second three-pointer of the half to make it 36-33 at the break.
Gibbs led the Mount with eight first-half points while Jefferson and Morse added six each. Frias and Ty Flowers paced LIU Brooklyn with eight points each in the half.
The Mount shot 36.7 percent (11-of-30) from the floor in the first half, and was 3-of-9 (.333) from three-point range. LIU shot 42.4 percent (14-of-33) in the opening half, but hit 5-of-12 (.417) from bey9ond the arc. The Mount scored 11 points off eight first-half LIU turnovers.
Mount St. Mary's is back in action on Saturday, February 9, with a 3:00 p.m. matchup at Sacred Heart. The game will air on ESPN+.