Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Saturday afternoon when Florida A&M visits Knott Arena for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off. The Mount is coming off a 65-63 loss at Niagara on Monday night.
Freshman David Golladay scored a season-high 16 points in the loss at Niagara while Lamar Trice chipped in a career-best 13 points. Raven Barber finished with 13 points and a career high nine boards while leading scorer Shawn Atupem was held to six points and five rebounds in 15 minutes of action due to foul trouble.
The Mount will be putting its 10-game homecourt win streak on the line against the Rattlers. The Mount is 1-0 at home this year, knocking off Savannah State, 68-62, in overtime last Saturday. The Mount won its final nine home games last season and is 23-5 at home since the start of the 2008-09 season.
The Mount has had a balanced attack on offense with five players averaging double figures the past two games. Freshman Julian Norfleet is averaging 12.5 points over that span, Atupem and Golladay are at 12.0 points, Trice at 11.5 and Barber at 10.5.
For the season, Atupem leads the Mount in scoring (13.0) and rebounding (6.8). Norfleet is second on the squad at 11.8 points per game with Trice chipping in 10.3 points and 5.8 boards.
Florida A&M enters Saturday's game with a 2-3 record and is coming off an 80-60 loss at Dayton. Yannick Crowder had 15 points and seven rebounds while Rasheem Jenkins chipped in 14 points in the loss. Amin Stevens is the only Florida A&M player in double figures at 10.8 points per game. Larry Jackson is second on the team in scoring at 7.2 points while grabbing a team-high 6.0 rebounds per contest.
Did You Know?...Sophomore Raven Barber went 6-for-6 from the field in the Mount's 65-63 loss at Niagara on Monday night. What's unique about Barber's day was that five of his six field goals came on dunks. He finished the game with 13 points, just two shy of his career high, while adding a career-best nine rebounds. Barber leads the Mount in field goal percentage (.611).
Last Time Out...Mount St. Mary's was edged at
Niagara, 65-63, on Monday night.
* The Mount led by 10 points at the half, but could not hold on for the victory.
* Neither team scored over the final 2:12 of the game.
* Freshman David Golladay led the Mount with 16 points while Lamar Trice and Raven Barber added 13 points apiece.
* Barber went 6-for-6 from the field in the game with five of those field goals coming on dunks. Barber added a career high nine boards for the Mount in the loss.
* The Mount dropped to 0-3 on the road this season.
Norfleet Named NEC Co-Rookie of the
Week...Freshman Julian Norfleet was named the Northeast
Conference Co-Rookie of the Week on Monday.
* The freshman averaged 11.5 points per game in a win over Savannah State and a loss to Cincinnati.
* In a 69-59 loss at Cincinnat last Monday, Nofleet drilled a three-pointer with 59 seconds left to pull the Mount withing 62-58. He finished the game with seven points, six rebounds and three assists.
* In the Mount's 68-62 overtime win over Savannah State, Norfleet's clutch shooting down the stretch helped the Mount rally from a seven-point deficit. Trailing 41-34 with eight minutes left, Norfleet hit a pair of three-pointers in a 12-0 run that helped the Mount regain the lead.
* After Savannah State rallied to send the game into overtime, Norfleet connected for a three-pointer 21 seconds into the extra session to give the Mountaineers the lead for good. He finished the game with a season-high 16 points, including a 5-for-10 mark from beyond the arc.
* Norfleet is the first Mountaineer to earn NEC Rookie of the Week honors since Shawn Atupem won the award on Feb. 18, 2008.
Defending the Knott...The Mount has made Knott
Arena a difficult place for the opposition in recent years.
* Mount St. Mary's has won its past 10 games at Knott Arena, its second homecourt win streak of 10 games or more since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Mount won 11 consecutive home games over the course of the end of the 2008-09 season and the beginning of the 2009-10 year.
* Mount St. Mary's is 23-5 (.821 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 170-117 (.592) record at Knott Arena.
Getting Defensive...The Mount has been solid on
the defensive end this year, allowing 65.8 points while holding the
opposition to 37.8 percent shooting from the field and 27.6 percent
from three-point range.
* The Mount has held each of its four opponents this season under 70 points.
* Dayton shot 40.6 percent from the floor in the season opener. Since then, the past three opponents have been held under 40 percent from the field.
Freshmen in the Lineup...The Mount started freshmen Julian Norfleet and David Golladay in each of the first four games this season.
* It is the first time the Mount has had a pair of freshmen in the starting lineup since Jeremy Goode and Kelly Beidler started at Maryland on Dec. 28, 2006.
* Norfleet is second on the team in scoring at 11.8 points while Golladay is averaging 6.5 points per contest.
Taking Care of the Ball...Freshmen guards
Julian Norfleet and Josh Castellanos have been adept at limiting
their turnovers this season.
* Castellanos, who leads the Mount with 16 assists, has committed six turnovers in 116 minutes of playing time. He has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.67-to-1 on the year.
* Norfleet has committed just two turnovers in 145 minutes on the court. He has 10 assists for a 5.00-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
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.
Strong Debut...Freshman guard Julian Norfleet
tallied 15 points in his collegiate debut at Dayton.
* The 15 points were the most by a Mount player in their collegiate debut since 2002. Landy Thompson, who is eighth all-time at the Mount with 1,733 career points, had 28 points in his first collegiate game at North Carolina State on Nov. 22, 2002.
* The only other double-digit performance by a freshman in their first game at the Mount since 2002 was from Sam Atupem, who had 13 points at Virginia Tech on Nov. 18, 2005. Atupem is the older brother of current Mountaineer Shawn Atupem.
* Norfleet had 16 points in his Mount debut, the most by a Mount player in their first home game since Jeremy Goode had 18 in a double-overtime win against James Madison in the 2006 home opener.
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.
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 14-59 in the
* A key factor in the Mount's November record is that 51 of the 73 games have been played on the road. The Mount has a 4-47 record in those contests.
* The Mount has played just 16 home games in the month of November since joining NCAA Division I, posting a 8-8 mark in those games.
* All-time, the Mount is 36-67 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 2-30 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.
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.
Trice Fills Stat Sheet...Junior guard Lamar Trice is averaging 10.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game this season.
* Trice has scored in double figures in each of the past three games, including a career-high 13 at Niagara on Monday night.
* The 5-11 guard is averaging 5.8 rebounds per game. He has pulled in five or more boards in each of the Mount's four games this year.
Golladay Finds Touch...Freshman David Golladay
scored a career-high 16 points in the Mount's 65-63 loss at Niagara
on Monday night.
* Golladay, who was 6-for-11 from the field against Niagara on Monday, is averaging 12.0 points over the past two games.
Barber Sets Up Shop in the Post...Sophomore
Raven Barber is averaging 8.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game this
* The 6-8 forward leads the Mount in field goal percentage (11-of-18, .611) this season. He went 6-for-6 from the field at Niagara on Monday with five of his field goals coming on dunks.
* Barber is averaging 10.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game over the past two contests.
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.
Non-Conference Numbers...Since joining NCAA
Division I, the Mountaineers have struggled in non-conference
play. The Mountaineers are 61-145 (.296) in non-conference games
since the move to Division I in 1988-89.
* Of those 206 non-conference games, 122 have been on the road, 64 at home and 20 at a neutral site.
* The Mount is 20-102 on the road, 34-30 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).