Nov. 14, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Guard Jeremy Goode scored 25 points and forward Sam Atupem scored on a jumper as the shot clock was expiring to give the Mountaineers a five-point advantage with 58.4 seconds remaining to lead Mount St. Mary's to an 84-76 non-conference win Friday night over Loyola at a sold-out refurbished Reitz Arena in the season opener for both teams.
"Mount St. Mary's is as good of a test as we are going to have," Greyhounds fifth-year coach Jimmy Patsos said following the contest. "Jeremy Goode is as good a guard as we are going to see. It's a big rivalry and I'm very proud of my team."
The Mountaineers (1-0) shot 53.7 percent from the field (29-54) and had to hold off numerous Greyhounds second-half rallies to collect the win. The last Loyola (0-1) surge came when it outscored The Mount 8-1 over a three-minute stretch late in the second half to pull within 77-74 on a pair of free throws from junior guard Brett Harvey with 92 seconds left. Following a Mountaineers time out, Mount St. Mary's wound down the shot clock, setting up Atupem's basket to push the advantage to five. The Mount forced two Loyola missed shots and a pair of turnovers on the next four possessions while scoring seven straight and holding the Greyhounds without a field goal until 0.3 ticks remained.
Mount St. Mary's built its largest lead in the second half when it grabbed a 55-41 advantage following a layup by Kelly Beidler with just over 14 minutes remaining. Less than 90 seconds later, Loyola had scored 11 straight points to close within three at 55-52, the last three coming on a three-pointer from sophomore guard Tony Lewis who had six of the 11 points.
Goode's 25 points led all scorers as four Mountaineers scored in double figures with Beidler recording a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Shawn Atupem added 13 points off the bench and San Atupem had 10.
The Greyhounds had five players score in double digits for the first time since January 24, 2008. Sophomores Jamal Barney and Isaac Reid evenly split 28 points and were followed by Harvey's 13, 12 from Lewis and 11 from sophomore guard Brian Rudolph.
Loyola returns to action on Sunday afternoon when it hosts Tennessee State at 1 o'clock, the first game in a stretch of three games in three days as the Greyhounds head off to Boston following the game for first-round action in the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off at Boston College.