With No. 2 Mount St. Joseph clinging to a one-point halftime lead, visiting Poly was poised for another upset. But the Gaels used 3-pointers to spread the Engineers' defense and win, 62-52, on Friday.
On Wednesday, Poly beat No. 8 Edmondson, 87-77.
Phil Booth made two of the four 3-pointers by Mount St. Joseph (11-0) in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 20 points.
The Engineers (5-2) played tough man-to-man defense in the first half, not allowing any open shots by the Gaels and used fast breaks to score. But in the second half, Poly took low-percentage shots and Mount St. Joseph attacked the rim.
No. 5 Milford Mill 64, Hereford 27: Isaiah Miles scored a game-high 15points in front of his soon-to-be coach Phil Martelli of Saint Joseph's to power the Millers (4-0) past the Bulls (6-1).
Milford Mill led by one after the first quarter but went on an 18-4 run to close the half.
Loyola 55, Gilman 49: The Greyhounds' big three — Cyrus Jones Jr., Ryan Ripken and Ben Grace — came up with big points and big plays, but Gilman's shooting went cold in the waning moments of the fourth quarter just as the Dons' Dan Vigus heated up.
Tied at 43 with 3:58 left, Vigus gave Loyola its first lead, 45-43, since the second quarter and scored six of the final 12 points by the Dons. He finished with a game-high 19 points.
Loyola (7-3) led 13-10 after the first quarter, before Gilman (5-3) started to run with four minutes left in the half. Ripken hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 20 and Jones (11 points) scored on a drive, stole the ball on the next possession and made a long feed to Grace who made another 3-pointer for a 25-20 Gilman lead.
Gilman led at the half, 32-26, and after the third quarter, 43-37. The Greyhounds relied heavily on outside shooting, and the Dons won the battle of the boards and got several second and third chances on scoring from Jordan Floyd (15 points). Ripken and Grace each finished with 18 points.
Loyola has won two straight and will play Jesuit (New Orleans) on Wednesday at 6:15p.m. at Georgetown Prep in the National Jesuit Christmas Classic.