EMMITSBURG, Md. – It is one of those defining moments for a player. It is something that every kid in any sport dreams about. Freshman Julian Norfleet nailed a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to lift the Mount men's basketball team to a 56-54 win against Monmouth on Feb. 4 to swish into the No. 5 Moment in our 2010-11 Top-20 Moments Countdown.
The Hawk's Marcus Ware scored in the lane with 17 seconds left to give the Hawks a 54-53 advantage. After Mount St. Mary's called a timeout, the Mount got the ball to Lamar Trice who penetrated the lane and kicked it out to Norfleet in the corner for the game-winning shot. Norfleet's last-second game-winning shot was the first by a Mount player since Landy Thompson hit a shot at the buzzer in a 54-53 win at Navy on Dec. 27, 2003.
The game saw its string of runs. Monmouth jumped out to a 21-12 lead with 4:21 left in the first half before the Mountaineers closed the stanza on 16-5 run to go into the locker room with a 28-26 lead. Trice had eight points in the run including a pair of 3-pointers in the final 32 seconds.
Mount St. Mary's maintained the advantage throughout most of the second half, including grabbing its largest lead at 50-42 with 10:39 on the clock. Monmouth then scored 12 of the next 15 points to take its first lead since the first half on Ware's layup with 17 seconds left to set up Norfleet's decisive shot.
The Mount finished 11-21 overall and 9-9 in Northeast Conference play in Robert Burke's first year as head coach in Emmitsburg. Trice paced the squad with 13.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game to earn the league's Most Improved Player award. Senior Shawn Atupem ranked second on the team with 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while Norfleet was third with 9.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.
Atupem and fellow senior Jean Cajou each recorded their 1,000th point for their career during the 2010-11 season. Atupem became the 42nd player in program history to score 1,000 points in his career against Quinnipiac on Jan. 23 while finishing the game with 17 points. Cajou joined the club 13 days later against Fairleigh Dickinson after scoring eight points against the Knights.
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We are now down to our Top-4 Moments in our countdown . Remember to come back on Friday to see the No. 4 spot on the Mount's Top-20 Moments of 2010-11!
Schedule Of Release For The 2010-11 Top-20 Moments Countdown
No. 20: Bernard And Kinsella Continue All-NEC Honors At NEC Cross Country Championships
No. 19: Mount Adds Videos, Social Media Outlets And New Website
No. 18: DiBartolo Becomes All-Time Career Saves Leader
No. 17: Stern Scores Game-Winner Against Bryant In Final Collegiate Contest
No. 16: Roe Wins Gettysburg Fall Invitational
No. 15: O'Grady Finishes Ninth; Men's Golf Places Third At NEC Championships
No. 14: Griffth And Yam First Swimmers In Team History To Earn Medals
No. 13: Scheitrum Scores A Basket On Senior Day
No. 12: Gibilisco Participates In NCAA East Preliminary Round
No. 11: Everist Ties Program Record For Career Home Runs
No. 10: Brittenham Sets Mount Division I Mark With Seven-Straight Complete Games
No. 9: Ashley DeCruise Named Most Outstanding Track Athlete At NEC Championships
No. 8: Wheeler Breaks Mount Division I Single-Season And Career Goal Marks
No. 7: Women's 4x400 Relay Destroys Program Record At Penn Relays
No. 6: Detzel Highlights Student-Athletes Work In The Classroom
No. 5: The Shot Heard Around Emmitsburg
No. 4: Friday, August 5, 2011
No. 3: Monday, August 8, 2011
No. 2: Wednesday, August 10, 2011
No. 1: Friday, August 12, 2011