Mount Men's Basketball Gives Georgetown Tough Battle in 81-68 Season Opening Loss

Mount Men's Basketball Gives Georgetown Tough Battle in 81-68 Season Opening Loss

Washington, D.C. (November 6, 2019)--Mount St. Mary's gave Georgetown all it could handle before falling, 81-68, in the season opener at Capital One Arena on Wednesday night.  Jalen Gibbs paced the Mount with 19 points while Vado Morse added 18 in the game.

After seeing the Hoyas rally from a 19-point second half deficit to tie the score at 56-56, the Mount (0-1) responded with the next five points to take a 61-56 advantage.  A Malik Jefferson basket on a feed from Damian Chong Qui with 6:29 remaining pushed the Mount's lead to 67-61.

The Hoyas (1-0) answered by scoring the next 20 points for the come-from-behind win.  Omer Yurtseven's dunk with 5:01 remaining gave the Hoyas a 68-67 advantage and his bucket in the paint pushed the lead to three.  Jagan Mosely's three-pointer made it a six-point game, and the Hoyas were able to finish the game from there.

Leading by 12 at the half, the Mount opened the second half with a 9-to-2 run to take its biggest lead of the game, 46-27, with 17:18 remaining in the second half.  Nana Opoku hit a three-pointer while Gibbs scored the final four points of the run, including a bucket on the break after a steal to make it a 19-point lead.

The Hoyas responded with a 29-to-10 run to tie the game at 56-56.  James Akinjo keyed the scoring spurt, tallying 11 points that included a pair of three-pointers.  Georgetown's Galen Alexander capped the run with a three-pointer to even the score.

Gibbs finished with 19 points and four rebounds while Morse added 18 points, four boards and three assists in the game.  Opoku chipped in nine points with Jefferson adding eight and a team-high six rebounds.  Omar Habwe chipped in eight points off the bench while Chong Qui dished out a team-high five assists.  Akinjo and Yurtseven each scored 20 points to lead the Hoyas in the game while Mac McClung added 16. 

Georgetown shot 47.5 percent from the field in the game, including 65.5 percent (19-of-29) in the second half.  The Mount shot 46.3 percent overall and shot 52.2 percent (12-of-22) in the second half as well.  The Hoyas held a 40-to-26 edge on the boards.

After Georgetown jumped out to a 5-0 lead, the Mount rattled off a 10-1 run to grab a 10-6 lead.  Opoku kick started the run with a three-pointer and then ended it with a traditional three-point play that force the Hoyas to call timeout.

Habwe connected on a three-pointer to put the Mount up, 15-12, before the Hoyas countered with a McClung basket.  From that point, the Mount defense stepped up, holding the Hoyas to one field goal over the next 11 minutes.

Chong Qui drained a long three-pointer, Jefferson had a dunk, and another Habwe tripled gave the Mount a 23-14 lead.  A Gibbs putback on the fast break gave the Mount its first double-digit advantage at 27-17.  Gibbs had a traditional three-point play to give the Mount a 32-21 lead, and a Morse three-pointer pushed the advantage to 35-23.  The Mount headed to the locker room with a 37-25 advantage.

Gibbs led the Mount with 11 points in the first half while Morse added nine.  The Mount shot 42 percent from the field while holding the Hoyas to 30 percent (9-of-30).

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, November 9, with the home opener against Gettysburg at Knott Arena.  Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES:  This is the 29th meeting in the all-time series with the Hoyas with Georgetown holding a 24-5 lead in the series…The Mount is now 0-5 against Georgetown since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89.