Mount St. Mary's Falls to Rival Loyola, 65-54
Emmitsburg, Md. (December 10, 2011)--Mount St. Mary's lost to longtime rival Loyola, 65-54, on Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena. It was the 167th all-time meeting between the two teams.
Sophomore Julian Norfleet paced the Mount with a career-high 23 points while adding six rebounds and four assists. Redshirt sophomore Kristijan Krajina added a career-best 10 points while freshman Chad Holley chipped in a career high nine points off the bench.
Loyola was paced by Shane Walker's 20 points and six rebounds while Robert Olson added 19 points and Dylon Cormier 15.
The Mount started the game strong, taking a 13-8 leadin the opening minutes. Krajina had six points and freshman Kelvin Parker four during the run.
The Greyhounds (8-1) fought back and took a 24-23 lead with 3:06 left in the half before Holley converted a traditional three-point play to put the Mount back on top, 26-24.
Loyola then closed the half with nine consecutive points for a 33-26 advantage. Cormier started the run with a lay-up, followed by a pair of Justin Drummond shots in the lane. Walker closed the half with a three at the buzzer for the seven-point halftime lead.
Norfleet hit a pair of threes early in the second half to cut the deficit to 36-32, but Loyola responded to push the margin back to double-digits at 46-36 with 10:38 left on another Walker three-pointer.
Raven Barber's bucket and a Holley three-pointer cut it back to 46-41, but Loyola took control by scoring the next seven points to make it 53-41 with 4:41 remaining.
The game was the 167th meeting in the most played rivalry in the state of Maryland with the Mount now holding a 96-71 advantage. Loyola, however, has won the past two meetings.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Sunday, December 18, with a 4:00 p.m. game at Penn State.