Mount St. Mary's fell to LIU Brooklyn 77-62 in Northeast Conference men’s basketball action Thursday night at Barclays Center.
Jalen Gibbs paced the Mountaineers with 17 points in the game.
It was a balanced scoring effort for the Mount (5-19, 2-9 NEC) as five players scored eight or more points in the game. Gibbs hit 5-of-8 from 3-point range, while chipping in five rebounds and two assists. Malik Jefferson added 12 points and seven rebounds, and Collin Nnamene had a strong game with nine points on 4-of-4 shooting off the bench.
Vado Morse had eight points and six assists while Omar Habwe also scored eight for the Mount.
LIU Brooklyn (11-12, 5-6) also had a balanced attack with four players in double figures, led by Ty Flowers, who had 18 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Raiquan Clark chipped in a double with 10 points and 12 rebounds while Jashaun Agosto just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine assists. Raul Frias added 11 points, including a 3-of-5 mark from 3-point range, off the bench.
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The Blackbirds scored the first 10 points of the game, and never trailed in the contest.
Gibbs hit a 3 to cut the Mount's deficit to 43-40 early in the second half, but the Blackbirds connected for the next nine points to stretch the lead to 52-40. Julian Batts capped the run with a 3-pointer and then a four-point play.
Gibbs stopped the run with another 3, but the Blackbirds extended the lead to 58-43 with 11:20 remaining in the second half.
Mount St. Mary's got back into the game with a 10-2 run to cut the LIU advantage to 60-53. Jefferson capped the run with back-to-back buckets on feeds from Morse. The Blackbirds were able to answer, and extend the lead back to double figures at 66-55. Gibbs hit his fifth 3-pointer of the game to make it 66-58, but LIU was able to close out the victory.
The Mountaineers missed their first nine shots of the game while spotting LIU Brooklyn a 10-0 advantage. The Mount got on the scoreboard when Nnamene hit his first 3-pointer of the season 5:50 into the half to make it 10-3. Damian Chong Qui made it a 5-0 run with a bucket, but LIU's Eral Penn hit a 3 to stop the Mount run. The Mount continued to fight back, cutting the deficit to 16-14 on a pair of Habwe free throws at the 11:00 mark of the first half.
The Mount scored 11 points off eight first-half LIU turnovers.
Mount St. Mary's is back in action Saturday with a 3 p.m. matchup at Sacred Heart.