Emmitsburg, Md. (January 10, 2019)--Mount St. Mary's fell to Bryant, 66-59, at Knott Arena on Thursday night. Freshman Damian Chong Qui paced the Mount with a career-high 17 points while sophomore Omar Habwe added 11 points and a career-best 17 rebounds for his first career double-double.
Chong Qui scored all 17 of his points in the second half as he topped his career high of 13 points set in each of the past two games. Chong Qui is averaging 14.3 points for the Mount over the past three games. Habwe added 11 points while pulling down a career-best 17 rebounds, including 16 on the defensive glass, for his first career double-double at the Mount. Habwe's 17 rebounds are the third-most by a Mount player in a game since the school moved to NCAA Division I in 1988-89. Teammate Malik Jefferson set that record earlier this season with a 20-rebound effort in the Mount's 56-55 win at American. Freshman Vado Morse added 14 points for the Mountaineers as well.
Joe Kasperzyk scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half to pace Bryant (5-9, 2-1 NEC) while Sabastian Townes chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double effort. Byron Hawkins added in with 11 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Bulldogs.
Trailing 25-18 at the half, the Mount (3-13, 0-3 NEC) went on a 15-to-8 run over the first five and a half minutes of the second half to even the score. Chong Qui scored the Mount's final eight points during the run, capping it with a three-pointer that tied the game at 33-33 with 14:25 left in the second half. Kasperzyk answered with a three-pointer, and back-to-back triples by Tanner Johnson and Kasperzyk gave Bryant a 42-37 advantage. Bryant exteded its advantage to 53-41 with 6:31 left on a Townes bucket in the paint.
The Mount rallied, using a 9-to-2 run to cut the deficit to 55-50 with 4:42 left. Chong Qui scored four points while Habwe added three free throws after gettting fouled on a three-point attempt during the run. Bryant's Townes scored in the paint to make it 57-50, and Hawkins scored on the fast break after a Mount miss to make it 59-50 with just under two minutes remaining. From there, the Bulldogs hit 7-of-8 at the line to secure the victory.
Mount St. Mary's shot 40.8 percent from the field and 5-of-24 (.208) from three-point range in the game. Bryant shot 46.9 percent overall and was 6-of-18 (.333) from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs held a 34-to-31 edge on the boards.
The Mountaineers are back in action on Saturday, January 12, with a 4:00 p.m. matchup at Knott Arena.