Mount St. Mary's fell at Fairleigh Dickinson 87-69 in Northeast Conference men’s basketball action Monday afternoon in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Omar Habwe paced the Mountaineers (4-15, 1-5 NEC) with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Habwe was 6-of-12 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range in the game en route to his team-high 16 points. Vado Morse chipped in 12 points and four assists, while Malik Jefferson added 10 points, five rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Darnell Edge led the Knights (7-11, 2-4) with 23 points while Kaleb Bishop adding 21 points and five rebounds, hitting 5-of-8 from beyond the arc in the game. Xzavier Malone-Key tallied 16 points and six rebounds with Jahlil Jenkins chipping in 10 points and four assists.
FDU broke open a close game with a 12-2 run early in the second half. Morse converted a traditional three-point play to cut FDU's advantage to 46-42, but the Knights countered with a pair of free throws and a lay-up from Edge. After a Jalen Gibbs bucket, Malone-Key hit consecutive three-pointers and Edge scored in the paint to make it 58-44. The Knights continued to surge, taking a 69-50 at the midway point of the second half.
FDU shot 51.7 percent (31-of-60) from the field and 46.2 percent (12-of-26) from 3-point range. The Mount was 7-of-20 from beyond the arc.
After Fairleigh Dickinson opened the game on a 10-4 run, the Mount responded with a Habwe 3-pointer and a Jefferson bucket in the paint to cut the deficit to one.
FDU pushed the advantage to eight points after a 7-0 run, but the Mount countered again on a Morse 3-pointer and a Collin Nnamene dunk to make it 24-21 with 9:35 left in the opening half.
After Edge hit a 3-pointer for the Knights, Habwe connected on back-to-back triples to even the score at 27-27. FDU pushed the lead back to 36-31, but a Jefferson basket and a Nnamene free throw made it a two-point game at the two-minute mark of the opening half.
The Knights rattled off a quick 8-0 run that was capped by back-to-back three-pointers by Edge to take its biggest lead of the half at 44-34. The Mount's Nana Opoku hit a corner 3 on a nice feed from Damian Chong Qui to make it 44-37 at the break.
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Mount St. Mary's returns home to play its next four games at Knott Arena, beginning with a matchup Thursday against LIU Brooklyn at 7 p.m.