Playing national power DeMatha on Saturday in the Battle of the Beltway, No. 4 Mount St. Joseph appeared to survive an early surge by the Stags as they battled back from an eight-defict to tie the contest, 24-24, at the half.

DeMatha (2-0), however, delivered another blow with a 21-3 third quarter blitz and the Gaels (3-1) were unable to recover a second time, as they lost for the first time this year, 61-44.

Not a single St. Joe player reach double-figures against a tough DeMatha defense.  David Windsor was the leading scorer for the Gaels as he hit a three-point jumper and went 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

Junior Jeramai Grant led DeMatha with 17 points.  Dematha opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run and were able to convert several easy scores, while St. Joe had to battle just to create opportunities.

St. Joe will travel to Winters Mill for a non-conference game on Wednesday before taking on Charlotte Christian (NC) on Friday in the first round of the Gonzaga DC Classic.

DeMatha 61, No. 4 Mount St. Joseph 44
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Mount St. Joseph:
Windsor 9, Stephenson 5, Garrison 3, Nordolilo 3, martin 2, Lawrence 4, Cartnik 2, Williams 6, Clinton 6, Long 4. Totals: 15 11-18 44.
Grant 17, Lyles 13, Bell 9, Hopkins 7, Robinson 6, Anya 5, Schuler 2, Kelley 2. Totals: 22 12-17 61.