First-Half Miscues Sink Men's Basketball At Mount St. Mary's

Dec. 5, 2015

Final Stats

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Loyola University Maryland committed 15 first-half turnovers, and Mount St. Mary's made 8-of-12 3-pointers before the break, advantages the Mountaineers used in an 85-68 non-conference victory Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena.

Mount St. Mary's (2-6) missed nine of its first 11 shots at the beginning of the game, but five Greyhounds (1-7) turnovers in the opening seven minutes kept the score tied at 6-6. The Mountaineers then made their next seven attempts from behind the arc and led by as many as 16, 47-31, before halftime.

The Greyhounds were down 14 at the break, but a Will Miller three 5:01 into the second half pushed Mount St. Mary's ahead by 24, 59-35.

Loyola scored 20 of the next 28 points to trim its deficit to 12, 67-55, with 7:10 left on a Chancellor Barnard layup. An Andre Walker transition basket cut the Mount St. Mary's lead to single-digits, 69-60, with 5:13 to play, but 10 seconds later Gregory Graves scored in the paint for the Mountaineers stretch their lead back to 11.

Jarred Jones converted in the paint for Loyola at 4:23, making the Mount St. Mary's lead 10, 72-62, and Jones had a 3-point attempt at the top of the perimeter on the Greyhounds' next trip down the court, but it rimmed out.

Graves made a three in the corner with the shot-clock under five for Mount St. Mary's on the ensuing possession, and the lead was back to 13.

Graves scored 18 points, while Byron Ashe had 22 off the bench, and Junior Robinson scored 17 for Mount St. Mary's. The Mountaineers finished the game 12-of-22 from 3-point range (54.5 percent) after having made just 36.4 of threes in their first seven games.

Eric Laster tied his season-high with 17 points for the Greyhounds. Chancellor Barnard scored a season-best 13 points, one off his career-high, while Walker had 13 and a team-high eight rebounds. Jones scored 12 for Loyola.

The Greyhounds had a 42-38 rebounding advantage, but they finished with 26 turnovers, the most Loyola miscues in a game since it posted that number on Jan. 6, 2008, at Iona College.

Saturday's game wrapped up a three-game road trip; the Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 8, for a 7:30 p.m. game against Towson University.