MOUNT ST. MARY'S (1-7) vs. LOYOLA (7-1)
Mount St. Mary's meets longtime rival Loyola at Knott Arena on Saturday afternoon. It will be the 167th meeting in the all-time series that is the most played rivalry in the state of Maryland. The Mountaineers own a 96-70 edge against the Greyhounds, but Loyola posted a 65-42 win over the Mount last season.
The Mountaineers (1-7) gave Maryland all it could handle on Wednesday night in a 77-74 loss. Trailing 58-46 with 13:12 left in the game, the Mount used a 15-to-1 run to take a 61-59 lead on a pair of Kelvin Parker free throws.
From there, it was a back-and-forth affair with Raven Barber giving the Mount a 70-69 advantage with 2:53 left. Terrell Stoglin hit a pair of tough jumpers to give Maryland a 73-70 lead, but the Mount answered with a Josh Castellanos bucket and had a chance to take the lead, but Julian Norfleet's lay-up was off the mark and Danny Thompson couldn't convert the putback and Maryland held on for the win.
Norfleet paced the Mountaineers with 18 points and six assists with Castellanos (15), Parker (14) and Barber (12) also in double figures. Norfleet leads the Mount in scoring at 11.0 points per game while Barber is averaging 9.9. Thompson chips in 9.5 points and a team-best 8.5 rebounds.
Loyola improved to 7-1 this season with a 65-55 win at George Washington on Wednesday night. Dylon Cormier led the way with 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists while Erik Etherly added a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds. The Greyhounds have four players averaging double figures this year, led by Cormier's 18.3 points per game. Etherly chips in 14.5 points and 8.8 rebounds with Shane Walker adding 11.1 points and 7.3 boards.
The Mount will be retiring the jersey of all-time great John O'Reilly at halftime of the Loyola game. O'Reilly had 1,508 points (14th all-time) and 1,113 rebounds (5th all-time) in 81 career games at the Mount. He was named Second Team All-America as a sophomore and honorable mention All-America as a junior and senior. He helped lead the Mount to the 1962 NCAA College Division championship.