WASHINGTON — Mount St. Mary’s gave Georgetown all it could handle before falling 81-68 in the season opener at Capital One Arena on Wednesday night.
Jalen Gibbs paced the Mount with 19 points while Vado Morse added 18.
After seeing the Hoyas rally from a 19-point second half deficit to tie the score at 56-56, the Mount (0-1) responded with the next five points to take a 61-56 advantage. A Malik Jefferson basket on a feed from Damian Chong Qui with 6 minutes, 29 seconds remaining pushed the Mount’s lead to 67-61.
The Hoyas (1-0) answered by scoring the next 20 points for the come-from-behind win. Omer Yurtseven’s dunk with 5:01 remaining gave the Hoyas a 68-67 advantage, and his bucket in the paint pushed the lead to three. Jagan Mosely’s 3-pointer made it a six-point game, and the Hoyas pulled away from there, shooting 65.5 percent (19 of 29) from the field in the second half.
Leading by 12 at the half, the Mount opened the second half with a 9-2 run to take its biggest lead of the game, 46-27, with 17:18 remaining in the second half. Nana Opoku hit a 3-pointer while Gibbs scored the final four points of the run, including a bucket on the break after a steal to make it a 19-point lead.
The Hoyas responded with a 29-10 run to tie the game at 56-56.
James Akinjo keyed the scoring spurt, tallying 11 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Georgetown’s Galen Alexander capped the run with a 3 to even the score.
Morse added four boards and three assists. Opoku chipped in nine points, while Jefferson added eight and a team-high six rebounds. Omar Habwe chipped in eight points off the bench while Chong Qui dished out a team-high five assists.
Akinjo and Yurtseven each scored 20 points to lead the Hoyas, while Mac McClung added 16.
The Hoyas held a 40-26 edge on the boards.
The Mountaineers return to action Saturday with their home opener at 7 p.m. against Gettysburg at Knott Arena.