Defense, Second Half Run Leads The Mount Over Greyhounds

Nov. 21, 2009

Final Stats

EMMITTSBURG, Md. - Mount St. Mary's held Loyola to 27.1 percent (13-48) shooting for the game and the backcourt of Jeremy Goode (23 points) and Jean Cajou (16 points) led the Mountaineers to a 63-44 non-conference victory Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena in the 165th meeting of what is the most-played series in the history of the state of Maryland.

"This is a tough place to play and they played really well," Greyhounds sixth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the contest. "In the first half we only had one assist and 11 turnovers and I thought we could turn that around at the start of the second half. We played good "D", but we didn't have our mental toughness. They were very good here last year going in 12-2 and not many teams are going to come in here and win."

Neither team shot particularly well in a hard-fought first half as they combined for just 13 field goals with Mount St. Mary's owning a 24-21 advantage at the intermission.

The Mountaineers (2-1) scored the first nine points of the second half as four different players scored to give Mount St. Mary's a 33-21 lead with 15:30 to play. Loyola answered with four points to get the lead under 10 at 33-25 with 13:43 remaining on a layup from freshman forward Julius Brooks.

But the Mountaineers used an 18-4 run over the next five minutes for their largest lead of the game at 51-29 with under eight minutes left. Cajou scored seven and Goode tallied five during the stretch.

In addition to leading Mount St. Mary's in scoring, Goode and Cajou tied for game-high honors with seven rebounds, Of the Mountaineers' 63 points, 58 came via either the paint or the free-throw line.

Senior guard Brett Harvey scored 11 of his team-high 12 points to lead the Greyhounds (2-2). Sophomore forward Shane Walker equaled game-high honors with seven rebounds and added eight points and two blocks.

The final game of Loyola's four-game road stretch is Tuesday night in Hanover, N.H., when the Greyhounds take on Dartmouth at 7 o'clock. Loyola will be home one week later when it hosts Morgan State in Reitz Arena at 7:30 p.m. in a game being carried live on MASN.