Dec. 1, 2007
Emmitsburg, Md. - Mount St. Mary's held the Greyhounds to 29 percent first-half shooting and without a point for the final 7:38 of the half to turn a five-point deficit into a six-point lead at the intermission and got its first win of the season with a 70-58 home non-conference victory over Loyola Saturday night at Knott Arena. The Mountaineers' trio of starting guards combined for 51 points, led by Jeremy Goode's 22.
"That was as loud an arena as we are going to play in this season other than perhaps Kansas," fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said. "Rivalry games, games like at Towson and at Mount St. Mary's are games of who wants to win more. We weren't able to handle their passion of playing basketball."
Loyola (4-4) built a 21-16 lead on a layup from senior guard Gerald Brown with 7:38 remaining in the first half and would not score again as Mount St. Marys scored the final 11 points of the half. The final three came on a Goode three-pointer as the clock expired as he finished with 12 points at the intermission.
The Mountaineers' Chris Vann took over in the second half, scoring 14 of his 16 points after the intermission. Twelve of those came in the first four minutes of the half as Mount St. Mary's (1-4) recorded a 16-6 run to build a 43-27 lead. Loyola's deficit would never get under double figures for the remainder of the half, falling behind by as many as 20 with 7:24 left.
Mount St. Mary's Will Holland rounded out the double-figure trio with 13 points. Goode added nine assists and seven steals. Brown was the lone double-digit scorer with 12 points.
Loyola looks toward the commencement of conference play next weekend when they visit Iona in the MAAC opener on Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The Reitz Arena league opener is a week from Sunday when Manhattan visits Baltimore in a noon start.