Posted: Dec 04, 2018
MOUNT ST. MARY'S (0-7) at ST. JOHN'S (7-0)
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Carnesecca Arena, Queens, N.Y.
- Mount St. Mary's lost to rival Loyola (Md), 75-65, on Saturday in the 174th all-time meeting between the two schools. The Greyhounds closed the first half on a 13-to-3 run to take a 40-32 lead at the break. The Mount was unable to cut the deficit below six points the rest of the way. Malik Jefferson scored a career-best 22 points while adding seven rebounds for the Mountaineers while Jalen Gibbs chipped in 15 points and six boards. The Mount shot 37.9 percent in the game, including 11-of-33 (.333) from the floor in the second half.
- This will be the first meeting between the Mount and St. John's in 90 years. St. John's holds a 4-1 lead in the all-time series that began with a 47-11 St. John's win on Dec. 22, 1911. The Mount's lone win against the Red Storm was a 20-15 victory on Feb. 11, 1927.
- Freshman forward Malik Jefferson scored a career-high 22 points at Loyola on Saturday. Jefferson was 10-of-15 (.667) from the field, and is now shooting a team-high 54.0 percent on the year. Jefferson is averaging 8.9 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game.
- This is already the Mount's seventh road game of the season. After the matchup at St. John's, the Mount has three of its next four games at home, beginning on Saturday, Dec. 8, when Lehigh visits Knott Arena.
- Mount St. Mary's connected on just 3-of-20 (.150) three-point attempts at Loyola on Saturday. Since shooting a season-best 8-of-18 (.444) from three-point range at Marshall, the Mount is shooting 26.1 percent from beyond the arc (24-of-92). For the year, the Mountaineers are shooting 29.0 percent from three-point range.
- Leading scorer Jalen Gibbs had 15 points and six rebounds at Loyola. Gibbs, averaging 16.9 points per game, has scored 15 or more points in six of the Mount's seven games this season.