Mount St. Joseph never got on track offensively in its match-up with Charlotte Christian (NC), Friday night, in the opening round of the Gonzaga DC Classic as the Gaels trailed wire-to-wire in a 56-46 loss.

Charlotte outscored St. Joe 20-12 in the third quarter to up a three-point halftime lead to double digits.  After the Knights established a 17-13 first quarter lead, the two teams combined for just seven points in rough second quarter.  Charlotte Christian eventually established control with its superior quickness.

Charlotte’s Anthony Gill led all scorers with 11 points. Patrick Rooks added nine for the Knights and Andrew Frowine, Worth Smith and Trent Walker scored eight apiece. For the Gaels, Kameron Williams led the team with 10 points and Eric Ross added seven points, all in the fourth quarter.  In addition, Lavon Long and Brian Morton each scored six for St. Joe.

St. Joe will now face St. John’s of Shrewsbury, Ma. at 5:o0 p.m. on Saturday, in a consolation bracket game at American University’s Binder Arena.  St. John’s fell, 51-39, to Good Counsel.  Good Counsel and Charlotte Christian will battle in a semifinal contest, also on Saturday night (8:30 p.m.).

Charlotte Christian (NC) 56, Mount St. Joseph 46
Charlotte Christian173201356
Mount St. Joseph13412846
Charlotte Christian: Robinson 2, Frowine 8, Smith 8, Walker 8, Rooks 9, Richter 1, U-Edosomwan 2, Gill 11, Potocnik 7. Totals: 20 13-20 56.
Mount St. Joseph: Windsor 4, Ross 7, Garrison 3, Booth 6, Morton 5, Bartnik 3, Williams 10, Clinton 2, Long 6. Totals: 17 8-12 46.