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Orchard Lake — U-D Jesuit senior guard Jordan Montgomery knew the importance of getting out to a big lead after having his team was blown out over the weekend by Chicago Morgan Park.

Montgomery took it upon himself to make sure it would happen, getting a pair of steals in the opening minutes to help U-D Jesuit take a 12-0 lead over Catholic League Central Division rival Orchard Lake St. Mary’s before the game was four minutes old.

And U-D Jesuit — ranked No. 4 in The News' Super 20 poll — needed the great start and held on for a 69-62 victory Tuesday night.

“We knew we had to come out strong, especially after our loss to Morgan Park. This time we wanted to come out and build a lead,” Montgomery said. “It was important because it builds energy and then we play better defense and hit shots.”

And of his early steals, Montgomery said: “I just worked hard and read plays. Coach (Pat Donnelly) talks about help-side defense and that’s when you read the passing lanes and steal the ball.”

U-D Jesuit led 25-6 after one quarter while forcing seven turnovers and led 36-14 at halftime.

But No. 14 St. Mary's (5-3, 1-2) made things interesting in the second half with its trapping defense, forcing multiple turnovers to make it a two-possession game, 58-52, with 2:20 left. But it could get no closer than five on freshman guard Kareem Rozier’s 3-pointer with 54.9 seconds left.

It was Rozier who came alive in the second half after being a non-factor during the first two quarters, when he was scoreless and picked up two first-quarter fouls.

Rozier scored 12 of his 18 points during the third quarter, making a pair of 3-pointers to cut the deficit to 48-35.

Rozier’s backcourt mate, junior guard Lorne Bowman — a Wisconsin commit — scored 24, with 10 coming in the final quarter.

U-D Jesuit (7-2, 3-0) played without 6-foot-10 senior Jalen Thomas, who suffered a broken foot in the season opener and is expected to return to the lineup next week.

With Thomas sidelined, 6-6 junior J.T. Morgan stepped up to score a career-high 21 on 6-for-8 shooting from the field and 9-for-10 on free throws. Morgan, the younger brother of Jordan Morgan who played center on Michigan’s national runner-up team in 2013, also had 10 rebounds.

“I knew I had to be active because they were a little bit bigger than me so I did the best that I could,” Morgan said

Senior point guard Julian Dozier scored 18 on 8-for-13 shooting, while senior forward Daniel Friday added 15 points and eight rebounds for U-D Jesuit, the six-time defending Catholic League champions.

Dozier made three baskets off of runners and lay-ups during the final four minutes after St. Mary's pulled to within eight.

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david.goricki@detroitnews.com

Detroit News staff contributed

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