Second-Half Run Dooms Men's Basketball at Mount St. Mary's, 81-56

Second-Half Run Dooms Men's Basketball at Mount St. Mary's, 81-56

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Taylor Danaher scored 17-of-his-19 points in the second-half and the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers defeated American University, 81-56, on Tuesday night at Knott Arena.

American drops to 1-5 on the season while Mount St. Mary's picks up its first win of the season.

Junior Paris Maragkos and sophomore Alex Paquin each had 13 points to pace the Eagles. Freshman James Washington contributed 11 points. The Eagles finished the contest shooting 43 percent from the floor and outrebounding the Mountaineers, 29-25.

Mount St. Mary's had three players in double figures, including 13 points from Bk Ashe and 10 from Gregory Graves. Mount shot 57 percent from the field and connected on 10-of-13 from the line.

The Mountaineers began the second half on a 16-1 run after holding a six-point lead into the break.
 
A pair of three-pointers was the difference in score after 20 minutes, as The Mount led 35-29. Both teams shot 50 percent from the field and made three free throws, but the Mount connected on four-of-six from the outside while American made two-of-seven.

Paquin and Maragkos led the Eagles with eight points each. Washington chipped in six with two from the outside.

Ashe led the Mountaineers with eight and Elijah Long and Gregory Graves each had seven. The Mount capitalized with 16 points off 12 American turnovers.

Maragkos scored for AU on the first possession of the game with a layup from Reed. The Eagles then took a one-point lead (6-5) at the 18:11 mark with another layup by junior Charlie Jones.

MSM took a seven-point advantage, 17-10, on a layup by Long with 13:14 left in the frame.

American gained momentum and cut the deficit to three, 24-21, with a triple by Washington at 5:28. On the next offensive set, Paquin received an entry pass from the free throw line by senior Marko Vasic to make it a one-point game.

The Mount increased the lead back to double digits with seven straight points and led 35-25 with 1:32 left in the first.

In the second, the Mount shot 64 percent and raced out after scoring 16 of the first 17 points to begin the stanza. The host took its largest lead, 71-43 with 5:41 remaining to play.

American will hit the road to conclude its longest trip of the season on Friday at Youngstown State and Sunday at Wagner.