Posted: Jan 10, 2020
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-11, 1-2 NEC) at BRYANT (9-6, 1-1 NEC)
Saturday, January 11, 2020 | 4:00 pm
Chace Athletic Center | Smithfield, R.I.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Mount St. Mary's was edged by Merrimack, 64-61, on Thursday night in a tightly contested contest. Malik Jefferson paced the Mount with 19 points and eight rebounds while Nana Opoku recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Merrimack used a 7-0 run to break a 51-51 tie, but the Mount rallied, cutting the deficit to 62-61. The Mount had a chance to grab the lead, but Damian Chong Qui's runner was off the mark. After Merrimack hit a pair of free throws, Naim Miller had a chance to tie the game with a three-pointer at the buzzer, but his shot was off the mark.
- Nana Opoku had 11 points and a career-best 15 rebounds on Thursday in the 64-61 loss to Merrimack. It is the first career double-double for Opoku, who is averaging 8.1 points and 5.7 rebounds on the season. Opoku is averaging 10.0 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks over the past two games. He leads the Mount with 18 blocked shots this year.
- The Mountaineers have four players averaging double figures in scoring this season in a balanced offensive effort. Damian Chong Qui leads the team with 11.8 points per game, followed by Jalen Gibbs (11.0), Vado Morse (10.4) and Malik Jefferson (10.3). The last time the Mount finished a season with four double-digits scorers was 1990-91: John Miller (13.8), Scott Murphy (12.0), Alex Watson (11.8) and Jeff Hall (10.9).
- The Mount was held to 2-of-11 (.182) shooting from three-point range in the 64-61 loss to Merrimack. It is the eighth time this season the Mount has made five or less three-pointers in a game. The Mount is 2-6 in those games.
- Malik Jefferson is averaging 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds over the past two games, hitting 17-of-30 (.567) from the field over that stretch. Jefferson had a career-best 23 points while adding nine rebounds in the 82-73 double-overtime win over Long Island. He followed with a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds in the loss at Merrimack on Thursday night.
- Up next, the Mount hosts Central Connecticut on Saturday, January 18, at 4:00 p.m. at Knott Arena.