Mount St. Mary's Battles Cincinnati on Monday Night
Mount St. Mary's concludes its two-game road trip to Ohio to start the season at Cincinnati on Monday night.
The Mount is coming off a 67-52 loss at Dayton in the season opener on Saturday afternoon. The Flyers used a 20-4 run to close the first half and start the second half to take control of the game.
Freshman Julian Norfleet drained a three-pointer to give the Mount a 17-16 lead with just over six minutes left in the first half, but Dayton responded with a 12-2 spurt to close the half and grab a 28-19 halftime advantage.
The Flyers scored eight of the first 10 points of the second half for a 36-21 lead. The Mount cut the deficit to nine two times in the half, but could not get any closer the rest of the way.
Norfleet led the Mount with 15 points in his collegiate debut while Shawn Atupem had 14 points and a career high nine rebounds in the loss. Devin Searcy led Dayton with 15 points and 12 boards while Chris Wright chipped in 10 points and 11 boards.
The game marked the debut for Mount St. Mary's head coach Robert Burke, who took over the Mount program in May. Burke is just the third Mount St. Mary's head coach over the past 57 seasons. Legendary coach Jim Phelan, who is tied for fifth all-time with 830 career wins, was the Mount's coach for 49 seasons (1954-2003). Milan Brown guided the Mount the past seven years.
The Bearcats will be opening their 110th season of play on Monday night. Cincinnati returns three starters from last year's squad that went 19-16, falling to Dayton in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. Yancy Gates is the top returnee, averaging 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last season.
Did You Know?...Julian Norfleet's 15-point effort in the season opener was the most points by a Mount player in their collegiate debut since 2002. Landy Thompson (2002-06), who is eighth all-time on the Mount's scoring list with 1,733 career points, posted 28 points in his collegiate debut at North Carolina State on Nov. 22, 2002.
Freshmen in the Lineup...The Mount started
freshmen Julian Norfleet and David Golladay in the season opener at
Dayton on Saturday.
* The last time the Mount had a pair of freshmen in the starting lineup was when Jeremy Goode and Kelly Beidler started at Maryland on Dec. 28, 2006.
* Norfleet had 15 points in 34 minutes while Golladay chipped in two points and three rebounds in 23 minutes at Dayton.
* In addition, freshman Josh Castellanos had four points and four assists in 19 minutes of action on Saturday.
Third Coach in 57 Years...Robert Burke became
the third men's basketball coach in 57 years at the Mount when his
hiring was announced on May 10.
* Burke comes to the Mount with 22 years of Division I coaching experience, including helping 10 of his last 12 teams reach the postseason and six NCAA Tournament appearances., including the 2007 Final Four with Georgetown. He has coached 39 players who earned all-conference honors. In addition, he was named one of the top-10 assistant coaches in country according to a peer survey conducted by Fox Sports in 2008.
* He was an assistant coach under Jeff Jones at American last year. The previous nine seasons, he worked with John Thompson III at Georgetown (five years) and Princeton (four years). Burke was an assistant for Paul Hewitt at Siena (three seasons) while also serving as an assistant at Loyola Marymount (three seasons) and Maryland-Baltimore County (six seasons).
* Legendary Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan was at the helm of the program for 49 years (1954-2003), posting 830 career wins. The Mount won the NCAA College Division National Championship in 1962 under Phelan while advancing to five NCAA Division II Final Fours. Phelan guided the Mount to the 1995 and 1999 NCAA Division I Tournaments.
* Milan Brown coached the Mount the past seven seasons, leading the team to the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
The Mount in November...Since joining NCAA
Division I in 1988-89, the Mount has not been giving thanks for its
games in November, posting an all-time record of 13-57 in the
* A key factor in the Mount's November record is that 49 of the 70 games have been played on the road. The Mount has a 4-45 record in those contests.
* The Mount has posted a 3-5 record on the road in November over its past eight games, beginning with an 84-76 win at Loyola to start the 2008-09 season.
* The Mount has played just 15 home games in the month of November since joining NCAA Division I, posting a 7-8 mark in those games.
* All-time, the Mount is 35-65 in November. The Mountaineers were 22-9 in November games prior to the move to D1.
* At the D1 level, the Mount is a combined 2-29 in November games against teams from the Atlantic 10, Big East, Big 10, Conference USA and Southeast Conference.
Brown and Krajina Out of the Lineup...Senior Pierre Brown and sophomore Kristijan Krajina are out indefinitely with injuries. Brown, who averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 31 games last year, is out with a foot injury. Krajina, a 6-9 forward who averaged 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 20 games played last season, is out with an ankle injury.
Returning Players by the Numbers...The Mount
has an inexperienced group to start the 2010-11 season.
* Prior to the season opener at Dayton, the entire roster has combined for 62 career starts. Senior forward Shawn Atupem started all 31 games last year while sophomores Raven Barber (21) and Kristijan Krajina (10) also started games last season.
* The Mount's perimeter players are comprised of a senior, a junior and four freshmen. The group had combined for a total of zero career starts before Saturday's game at Dayton.
* Entering the season, senior Shawn Atupem has combined for more career points (775) than the rest of the returning roster (557).
Global Sports Main Event...The Mount is in the
Global Sports Main Event, a five-team round robin exempt in-season
* The tournament field is comprised of Mount St. Mary's, Cincinnati, Dayton, Florida A&M and Dayton.
* The Mount has road games at Dayton (Nov. 13) and Cincinnati (Nov. 15) while playing Savannah State (Nov. 20) and Florida A&M (Nov. 27).
* The Mount has not participated in an in-season tournament since the 2005 San Juan Shootout. The Mountaineers lost to Akron (74-61) and Chattanooga (85-74, ot) before downing Liberty (63-59) at the event.
Mount Signs Taylor Danaher to NLI... Mount St.
Mary's has signed Taylor Danaher (Fredericksburg,
Va./Fredericksburg Christian School) to a National Letter of Intent
to enroll at the Mount next fall.
* Danaher, a 6-10, 200-pound center with a 7-2 wingspan, averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks per game as a junior while playing in the Central Virginia Homeschool Athletic Association.
* He was named First Team All-Tournament at the Homeschool Sports Network Championships last March. Danaher played AAU with the Hoop Booth organization.
BCS Flavor...The Mount will be playing four
teams from BCS conferences this season, the most in school
* Mount St. Mary's has road games against Cincinnati (Big East), Penn State (Big 10), Northwestern (Big 10) and Virginia Tech (ACC).
* The Mount has played three BCS schools in the same season on 10 occasions, including each of the past four years.
Picking Up Where He Left Off...Senior forward
Shawn Atupem had 14 points and a career high nine rebounds in the
season opener at Dayton on Saturday.
* Atupem scored in double figures in six of the Mount's final seven games last season, including a career high 23 points in a 63-61 win over Robert Morris.
* Atupem averaged 14.6 points and 3.7 rebounds over that stretch while hitting 43-of-59 (72.9 percent) from the field.
* The 6-7 forward had a streak 14 consecutive made field goals during the seven-game stretch.
* Atupem scored in double figures in 18 of the Mount's 31 games, averaging 10.7 points while converting 51.1 percent from the field last season.
Trice Fills Stat Sheet...Junior guard Lamar
Trice had eight points, seven rebounds and five assists in the loss
at Dayton on Saturday.
* Trice's eight points matched a career high while he posted career marks in rebounds (7), assists (5) and minutes played (33).
Road Warriors...Mount St. Mary's will play 11
of its first 15 games on the road this season.
* The Mount will play just one of nine games in the month of December at home (Dec. 20 vs. American).
* December begins with a five-game road trip that begins with Northeast Conference games at Sacred Heart (Dec. 2) and Quinnipiac (Dec. 4). The trip also will see the Mount play at Penn State (Dec. 7), Loyola (Dec. 11) and Albany (Dec. 20).
* After the home game with American, Mount St. Mary's will face a tough three-game stretch at Northwestern (Dec. 23), at Vermont (Dec. 29) and at Virginia Tech (Jan. 2).
Cajou Takes Leave of Absence... Senior guard
Jean Cajou has withdrawn from school and taken a leave of absence
for the fall 2010 semester.
* "As Jean's coaches, teammates and friends we miss him very much," said head coach Robert Burke. "We are extremely hopeful he will return to school and the court for the second semester."
* Cajou, named to the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major All-Defensive team last season, averaged 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 2009-10.
* The 6-3 guard has started every game over the past two seasons, averaging 9.8 points in 98 career games for the Mountaineers.
* The 2008 Northeast Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player has 963 career points with 323 rebounds, 169 assists and 115 three-pointers made at the Mount.
Defending the Knott...The Mount has made Knott
Arena a difficult place for the opposition in recent years.
* Mount St. Mary's is 22-5 (.815 winning pct.) at home over the past two seasons. Last year, the Mount went 10-3 at home after posting a 12-2 mark at Knott Arena in 2008-09.
* The Mount has been even better in Northeast Conference play, posting a 16-2 mark over its past 18 NEC regular season home games. Including the playoffs, the Mount has won 19 of its past 21 home games against NEC opponents on Jim Phelan Court.
* The Mount has recorded a winning record at home in each of the past five seasons and has been .500 or better at home in 18 of the 23 seasons since Knott Arena opened.
* All-time, the Mount has a 169-117 (.591) record at Knott Arena.
Non-Conference Numbers...Since joining NCAA
Division I, the Mountaineers have struggled in non-conference
play. The Mountaineers are 60-143 (.296) in non-conference games
since the move to Division I in 1988-89.
* Of those 203 non-conference games, 120 have been on the road, 63 at home and 20 at a neutral site.
* The Mount is 20-100 on the road, 33-30 at home and 7-13 at a neutral site in non-conference action since 1988-89.
* The Mount has had just one winning season in non-conference play at the Division I level. The 2002-03 team went 5-4 in non-conference action before finishing the season with a 11-16 record.
The Mount and the Northeast Conference...The
Mount is 184-193 all-time in NEC regular season games.
* The Mount is 110-78 at home and 74-115 on the road during the NEC regular season.
* Mount St. Mary's has posted a winning record in nine of the 21 seasons the team has been in the league.
* Since joining the league in 1989-90, the Mount has had 17 All-NEC selections, including six first-team honorees.
* The Mount won NEC Tournament titles in 1995, 1999 and 2008 and won the NEC regular season crown in 1995-96.
International Appeal...Sophomore Kristijan
Krajina is the Mount's first international player since Pat
Atangana (Cameroon, 2000-04).
* The Mount has had three other European players in the team's history. Robert Balgac (1996-00, New Belgrade, Serbia), Gerben Van Dorpe (Erembodegem, Belgium, 1994-98) and Matt Meakin (Awsworth, England) are the others.
* Other international players to don the Mount uniform include Rodolpho Ruiz (Tampico, Mexico, 1920-24), Roberto Ruiz (Tampico, Mexico, 1926-27) and Paul Miller (Havana, Cuba, 1920-21).