Emmitsburg, Md. (November 9, 2019)--Mount St. Mary's led the entire way en route to a 75-58 victory over Gettysburg in the home opener before 2,062 fans at Knott Arena on Saturday night. Malik Jefferson led the way with a double-double as four Mountaineers scored in double figures in the victory.
The Mount (1-1) started the game quickly with a Nana Opoku dunk on the opening possession to kickstart a 9-2 run to open the game that included five points from Jalen Gibbs. Omar Habwe nailed a three-pointer from the left corner to make it 15-4 six minutes into the contest. The Mount rattled off nine consecutive points to push the advantage to 25-6 midway through the first half with Jefferson pouring in seven points during the scoring run. The Bullets hung tough, cutting the Mount lead to 32-24 on an Alex Leder three-pointer with 2:40 left in the half. The Mount ended the half on a Jefferson bucket to take a 37-26 lead at the break.
Opoku hit a pair of free throws to open the second half to push the Mount lead to 13, but Gettysburg went on an 11-to-4 run to cut the deficit to 43-37 with 14:33 left in the half, forcing a Mount timeout. The Mount responded by scoring the next 10 points to push the advantage to 16. Vado Morse started the run with a bucket in the paint, Chidozie Collin Nnamene added a three free throws, and Damian Chong Qui capped the run with five consecutive points to push the lead to 53-37. Chong Qui hit a pair of free throws with 2:06 left to give the Mount its biggest lead of the game, 75-55, before Gettysburg's Jack Rooney closed the scoring with a three-pointer.
Jefferson was 6-for-11 from the field for his 14 points while adding 13 rebounds for his fourth career double-double. Morse added 14 points and four steals while Chong Qui chipped in 13 points, four rebounds and three steals in the win. Gibbs finished with 11 points while Opoku added nine points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks for the Mountaineers. Leder was the lone Gettysburg player in double figures with 10 points.
The Mount shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) in the game while hitting just 3-of-19 (.158) from three-point range. Gettysburg shot 35.9 percent (23-of-64) while converting 9-of-25 (.360) from beyond the arc. The Mount held a 44-to-33 edge on the boards while also hitting 26-of-36 (.722) at the foul line.
The Mount returns to action on Tuesday, November 12, with a 9:00 p.m. (ET) matchup at Washington. The game can be seen on the Pac 12 Network.
GAME NOTES: The game was an exhibition game for Gettysburg and does not count against their season record, but it is a regular season game for the Mountaineers...This was the first meeting between the two local schools since a 112-83 Mount victory on Nov. 21, 1987...Gettysburg holds a 34-24 lead in the all-time series.