Mount St. Joseph was missing standout senior Phil Booth Friday night in Irvington, but the rest of the Gaels didn’t miss a beat as they cruised to a 90-57 victory.
The Villanova-bound senior missed the game after getting cut above the eye and getting eight stitches in the Gaels’ loss to St. Francis two days earlier.
He is expected to be back for the next game against Clavert Hall on Dec. 11.
His absence didn’t stop the offense from working like a well-oiled machine in the first half.
St. Joe (5-1 overall, 2-1 league) hit its first five field goals and 9 of 10 to start the game as they built a 22-7 lead.
Gilman rallied with 11 straight points, sparked by defense from Douglas Cooper (6 points), penetration from Everett Winchester (11 points) and a pair of three-pointers from Tyler Foster (team-high 16 points).
But the Gaels closed the second quarter with a 23-7 run and coasted into the second half with a 45-25 lead.
"We were a little nervous coming in because he does so much for our team," St. Joe coach Pat Clatchey said. "He can shoot, score, he defends and he's athletic, so he brings a lot of positive stuff to the table
Jordan McNeil was the catalyst for the Gaels in the first half when he scored 15 of his game-high 22 points.
"Jordan got off to a good start," Clatchey said. "He's been doing that a lot. We need him to start doing that on the road."
Sophomore Randy Miller, starting for Booth, scored 11 of his 15 in the first 16 minutes and senior Jaylen Adams (12 points) hit two three-pointers and had eight points by intermission.
Jarvis Doles led the Gaels with six of his team-high eight rebounds in the first half.
Kyle Doran’s pair of three pointers helped extend the lead to 70-45 after three quarters. Doran finished with eight points and seven rebounds.
William McBride and Kai Locksley, who led the Greyhounds in scoring last season, each had nine points for the Greyhounds.
Locksley averaged 18 points a game last season, but the active man-to-man defense defense of Doc Barnes held him in check.
Clatchey gave his reserves some playing time in the final quarter and Alec Scranton contributed eight points.