Emmitsburg, Md. (January 31, 2019)--Mount St. Mary's fell to Sacred Heart, 87-79, on Thursday night in Northeast Conference action at Knott Arena. Jalen Gibbs paced the Mount with 20 points while Vado Morse added 19 in the game.
Gibbs went 7-of-16 from the field for his team-high 20 points while adding six rebounds for the Mountaineers (5-17, 2-7 NEC). Morse was 7-for-11 from the floor while hitting 3-of-5 from three-point range. Morse chipped in six rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals as well. Malik Jefferson added 14 points and seven rebounds while Omar Habwe also reached double figures with 11 points in the game. Sean Hoehn led Sacred Heart with a game-high 29 points, hitting 9-of-14 from the field and 10-of-11 at the charity stripe. E.J. Anosike finished with 12 points and eight rebounds while Koreem Ozier hit four three-pointers for his 12 points for the Pioneers (9-13, 5-4 NEC).
The Mount shot 46.2 percent overall and was 8-of-25 (.320) from three-point range in the game. Sacred Heart shot 42.9 percent from the field, but hit 11-of-23 (.478) from beyond the arc. Sacred Heart held a 38-to-35 edge on the boards.
After Sacred Heart jumped out to a 10-6 lead, the Mount scored the next seven points to gain the lead. Gibbs scored in transition to start the run, and then hit a three-pointer to cap the 7-0 spurt. From there, it was a nip-and-tuck first half that featured 11 lead changes and eight ties. The Pioneers grabbed a 41-38 lead when Cameron Parker hit all three free throw attempts after being fouled on a three-pointer, but the Mount's Morse countered with a three-pointer that evened the score at 41-41 at the break.
Trailing 45-43 early in the second half, Jefferson scored back-to-back buckets to put the Mountaineers ahead. Gibbs followed with a three-pointer from the left wing that lifted the Mount to its biggest lead of the game at 50-45 with 16:31 remaining. Sacred Heart responded with an 11-0 run to take a 56-50 advantage. The Pioneers connected on three consecutive three-pointers to cap the run for the six-point advantage.
Mount St. Mary's chipped away at the lead, and tied the score at 59-59 on a Jefferson bucket in the paint. Ozier then hit a three-pointer and Hoehn scored on a drive to the basket to give Sacred Heart a 64-59 lead with 8:14 on the clock. The Mount continued to fight, and cut the deficit to 67-64 after a pair of Dee Barnes free throws. Sacred Heart maintained the lead, and held an 83-76 advantage after a Hoehn basket with 1:21 remaining. Morse connected on a three-pointer to make it 83-79, but Parker countered with a pair of free throws to make it a six-point lead. After a Mount miss, Hoehn sealed the win with a pair of free throws for the final margin.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Saturday, February 2, with a 4:00 p.m. home matchup with Saint Francis U. At halftime, the Mount will honor former star Chris McGuthrie, who was inducted into the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame earlier today. McGuthrie, who had his number retired at the Mount, is a four-time All-NEC performer who finished his career with 2,297 points.