Jalen Gibbs scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to lead Mount St. Mary’s to a 73-56 win at Howard on Saturday.
The Mount rallied from an eight-point deficit early in the second half to secure the win.
Malik Jefferson had 16 points with seven rebounds for the Mount. Damian Chong Qui had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Nana Opoku had nine points. Chidozie Collin Nnamene had seven rebounds.
Howard took its biggest lead of the game, 35-27, after a Charles Williams 3-pointer on the first possession of the second half. The Mount answered back with a 10-0 run to take the lead, with Opoku hitting a pair of 3-pointers, including one that put the Mount (3-5) ahead, 37-35.
Howard (0-9) answered with the next seven points to take the lead back, 42-37, but the Mountaineers fought back, taking the lead on a Gibbs three-point play with 12:39 left in the second half. After a Howard 3-pointer evened the score, Gibbs connected on back-to-back 3s to put the Mount ahead by six.
Leading 52-51, Jalen Jefferson started a 9-0 run with a putback to help the Mount extend the advantage to 61-51. Malik Jefferson added a bucket in the paint, Gibbs a 3-pointer, and Malik Jefferson another bucket in the paint to make it a 10-point game with 5:25 remaining.
From there, the Mount was able to cruise to the victory.
The Mount shot 44.1 percent (26-of-66) from the floor in the game while hitting 9-of-29 (.310) from behind the 3-point arc. The Mount held a 46-30 edge in rebounding while holding Howard to 39.2 percent (20-of-51) shooting in the game.
Gibbs hit 8-of-19 from the field and 4-of-13 from 3-point range.
Williams led Howard with 13 points and nine rebounds in the loss.