EMMITSBURG, Maryland (December 18, 2021) –Jaylen Benjamin scored a high 17 points with eight assists to lead Mount St. Mary’s to a 74-60 victory over Morgan State on Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena. The Bears are down 4-7 this season and 3-8 against the Mountaineers.
Mezzie Offrum scored 14 points with six rebounds and Jaylin Gibson scored 13 points (3-4 3FG) off the bench. Nana Opoku finished with 11 points, six rebounds and five blocks.
The Mountaineers have never lagged behind in tonight’s non-conference game as they have scored 10 three-pointers and improved to 4-8 this season.
Morgan shot 41.2 percent from the field in the first half, giving Mount a 36-30 halftime lead.
Seventh Wood came out of the half-time break and scored 7 of the Bears’ first 9 points, including a 3-pointer to bring the Bears down to 42-39. The Bears forced a turnover which led to a transition layup by Malik miller to reduce the lead to 46-45 with 13:03 remaining.
The Mount responded with an 18-4 run that virtually sealed the victory. An Opoku dunk transitioning on a Benjamin feed started a decisive run that took the Mount 15 up with less than eight minutes on the clock. After the Opoku dunk, Gibson and Benjamin connected on back-to-back triples to take the lead to 54-45. Gibson exhausted his third three-pointer in the game to take the double-digit lead to 59-47, and after a Miller basket for Morgan, the Mount capped the run with a traditional three-point game from Offurum and a Malik Jefferson hook. paint for a 64-49 advantage with 7:49 remaining. From there, the Mountaineers sailed to victory.
Lagio Grantsaan Morgan led with 13 points while Seven Woods had 11. Miller and Keith McGee finished with eight points each. Miller also led the Bears on the glass with eight rebounds.
The Mountaineers shot 47.4 percent (27 of 57) from the field in the win while connecting on 10 of 23 (43.5 percent) at three points. The Mount also held a 44-30 lead over the boards and finished with seven blocked shots. Morgan shot 42.4% (28 of 66) and was held at 3 of 18 (16.7%) on three-point attempts. The Mount had 19 turnovers in the game that led to 16 points for the Bears.
The Mount (4-8) took an early 9-4 three-point three-point lead, then extended the lead to 15-6 on a quick-break bucket of Offurum just over eight minutes after the start of the match. A base dunk from Grantsaan and a backhand from Devonish reduced the lead to four (21-17), but the Mountaineers responded with an Offurum drive and Opoku alley-oop dunk on a feed from Benjamin to do so. 25-17 with 3: 51 left in the first half. A three-point shot from Benjamin put the Mount in the lead, 30-24, and from there the teams traded baskets with the Mount taking a 36-30 lead at the break.
Morgan State returns to action on Tuesday, December 21, welcoming James Madison. Departure is at 5 p.m.
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