Senior David Windsor hit two three’s to start the scoring for Mount St. Joseph (7-2, 1-0, 1-0) and he would go on to score 21 points as the Gaels  defeated the Dons 57-32 in their Baltimore Catholic League/MIAA A Conference opener on Friday night at Blakefield.

The game voted as the VSN/Fox 45 Game of the Week by area fans, got out of hand early, as Loyola was unable to rely on its outside shooting to hang with the bigger, deeper Gaels.  The Dons (4-4,0-2,0-2) only managed nine first half points and just six more in the third quarter before finally getting some shots to fall in the final period.

Loyola sharpshooters Dan Vigas and Mitch Cross were held to 11 points collectively on the night by a swarmimg Gael defense, that matched Loyola’s gritty defensive effort.

“We lost a lot of scoring from last year, so this year we need to step up on defense,” said Windsor.

Trey Clinton added 15 points for the Mount, with 12 coming in the second half.

“We came out struggling, but David Windsor kept us in the game unitl the rest of our guys could step up, and we played a much better second half,” said Clinton.

Windsor hit four three for the Gaels, and eight of his points in the first quarter were pivotal.

“My teammates were screening for me, and I was able to knock down shots,” added Windsor.  “I was getting pretty open.”

St. Joe was 12-for-16 from the free throw line, and Clinton was 7-for-8 from the stripe in the fourth quarter.

The Gaels travel to East Baltimore on Saturday to play Archbishop Curley in an inter-conference game.  Loyola’s next game is also against a MIAA B conference opponent. The Dons will take on Gilman in Roland Park next Tuesday.

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No. 4 Mount St. Joseph 57, Loyola 32
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Mount St. Joseph: Stephenson 3, Lawrence 4, Windsor 21, Clinton 15, Morton 3, Booth 5, Ross 5, Garrison 1.
Loyola: Cross 6, Dunn 2, Floyd 5, Janoskie 1, Vigas 5, Bradley 5, Marsh 6, Moran 2.