Late Rally Comes Up Short as Mount St. Mary's Men's Basketball Falls at Morgan State, 78-68

Late Rally Comes Up Short as Mount St. Mary's Men's Basketball Falls at Morgan State, 78-68

Baltimore, Md. (November 25, 2018)—A late rally came up short as Mount St. Mary's fell at Morgan State, 78-68, on Sunday afternoon.  Jalen Gibbs led the Mount with 19 points while Nana Opoku added 15 and Vado Morse 14 in the game.

With the score tied 35-35 at the half, Morgan State (2-3) opened the second half with an 14-to-6 run to take its biggest lead of the game, 49-41.  The Mount hung tough despite going nearly seven minutes without a field goal, and cut the deficit to 52-45 on a Habwe bucket with 10:37 left in the game.  The Bears answered with a 7-1 run that included five points from Martez Cameron to take a 59-46 lead with 8:58 on the clock.

Trailing 61-47, the Mountaineers (0-6) cut the deficit in half with a 14-to-7 run to make it 68-61 with 3:07 left in the game.  Opoku and Gibbs keyed the run, scoring all 14 points combined in the streak.  Morgan State's Malik Miller converted a conventional three-point play with 2:01 on the clock to stop the Mount run and extend the lead back to double figures.  From there, the Bears held on for the victory.

Gibbs finished with 19 points and six rebounds while Opoku chipped in 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.  Morse added 14 points and three assists while Jefferson just missed a double-double with nine points and 13 boards.

Cameron led Morgan State with 15 points while Tyler Streeter added 14 in the game.  Morgan State forced the Mount into 26 turnovers while holding the Mountaineers to 7-of-29 (.241) shooting in the second half.

There were 54 fouls called in the game and the teams combined for 68 free throw attempts.  The Mountaineers were 25-of-41 (.590) at the foul line in the game while Morgan State connected on 22-of-27 (.815) at the charity stripe.

The Mount started the game quickly as Gibbs scored a bucket off the tip.  Morse added a pull-up jumper, and Omar Habwe a three-pointer to extend the Mount's lead to 7-0.  After a Morgan State basket, Jefferson converted a post move, and a minute later a Gibbs three-pointer gave the Mount a 12-4 advantage.

After the Bears cut the Mount advantage to five points, Dee Barnes scored in transition and Morse converted a lay-up off a Morgan State turnover to give the Mountaineers a 19-10 lead.

Later in the half, Jefferson slammed home a nice feed from Damian Chong Qui to give the Mount a 25-16 lead, but the Bears answered with an 11-to-3 run to cut the Mount's advantage to 28-27.  After a pair of Gibbs free throws, Morgan State took a 32-30 advantage when Tyler Streeter hit a three-pointer and Stanley Davis added a pair of free throws.  Another Streeter triple put the Bears ahead, 35-32, but the Mount was able to even the score when Chong Qui drained a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer.

The Mount shot 50.0 percent (12-of-24) in the opening half while holding a 23-to-19 edge on the boards.  Morgan State scored 15 first-half points off Mount turnovers to go to the locker room even despite shooting just 28.2 percent (11-of-39) from the field.

The Mount returns to action on Saturday, December 1, with a 1:00 p.m. matchup with longtime rival Loyola.  This will be the 174th all-time meeting between the two teams, and the game will air live on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.