Big uncontested runs in the first and second half were the key in Mount St. Mary's 70-58 upset win over visiting Loyola-Maryland Saturday at Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, Md.
In the first half, the host Mountaineers shook off an 11-0 Loyola run to bounce back with their own 15-0 streak, going from a 23-15 deficit to a 30-23 edge, en route to a 32-27 lead at intermission.
In the second half, Mount St. Mary's (3-7) held Loyola (5-3) without a field goal for nearly 10 full minutes (11:44 to 1:47), including building the game's biggest lead (68-52) with 1:57 left.
Mount St. Mary's guard Rashad Whack led all scorers with 18 points, followed by guard Julian Norfleet (16), forward Taylor Danaher (12) and forward Gregory Graves (10).
Guard Dylon Cormier led Loyola with 13 points and three rebounds, far off his average of 25.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Cormier got into early foul trouble and played just three scoreless minutes in the first half. Forward Franz Rassman added 12 for the Greyhounds.
Billed as "The Catholic Clash" between the two schools, Mount St. Mary's -- which now leads the all-time series, the longest rivalry between schools in Maryland dating back to 1910, by a 97-72 margin -- snapped a two-game losing streak.
Loyola, which started the season 5-0, has now lost three of its last four games.
The Mountaineers dominated from the field, shooting 45.7 percent (21 of 46), while Loyola shot just 33.9 percent (21 of 62), including just 2 of 13 from 3-point range.
Even though Mount St. Mary's plays in the Northeast Conference, all three of its wins have come against Patriot League teams (American and Bucknell are the other two).
Mount St. Mary's now has 15 days off before its next game, Dec. 22 at Penn State. Loyola has 12 days off before it hosts Stony Brook on Dec. 19.