Mount St. Mary's fell to Sacred Heart 87-79 on Thursday in Northeast Conference action at Knott Arena.
Jalen Gibbs paced the Mount with 20 points while Vado Morse added 19.
Gibbs went 7-of-16 from the field for his team-high 20 points while adding six rebounds for the Mountaineers (5-17, 2-7 NEC). Morse was 7-for-11 from the floor while hitting 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
Morse chipped in six rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals as well. Malik Jefferson added 14 points and seven rebounds while Omar Habwe also reached double figures with 11 points in the game.
Sean Hoehn led Sacred Heart (9-13, 5-4) with a game-high 29 points, hitting 9-of-14 from the field and 10-of-11 at the free-throw line. E.J. Anosike finished with 12 points and eight rebounds while Koreem Ozier hit four 3-pointers for his 12 points.
The Mount shot 46.2 percent and was 8-of-25 (.320) from 3-point range. Sacred Heart shot 42.9 percent, but hit 11-of-23 (.478) from beyond the arc. Sacred Heart held a 38-35 edge on the boards.
Trailing 45-43 early in the second half, Jefferson scored back-to-back buckets to put the Mountaineers ahead. Gibbs followed with a 3 from the left wing that lifted the Mount to its biggest lead of the game at 50-45 with 16:31 remaining.
Sacred Heart responded with an 11-0 run to take a 56-50 advantage. The Pioneers connected on three consecutive 3-pointers to cap the run for the six-point advantage.
Mount St. Mary's chipped away at the lead, and tied the score at 59-59 on a Jefferson bucket in the paint. Ozier then hit a 3 and Hoehn scored on a drive to the basket to give Sacred Heart a 64-59 lead with 8:14 on the clock.
The Mount cut the deficit to 67-64 after a pair of Dee Barnes free throws, but Sacred Heart maintained the lead and held an 83-76 advantage after a Hoehn basket with 1:21 remaining.
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Mount St. Mary's returns to action Feb. 2 with a 4 p.m. home matchup with Saint Francis U. At halftime, the Mount will honor former star Chris McGuthrie, who was recently inducted into the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame. McGuthrie, who had his number retired at the Mount, is a four-time All-NEC performer who finished his career with 2,297 points.