Mount St. Mary's Opens Northeast Conference Play with 66-52 Win at Sacred Heart

Mount St. Mary's Opens Northeast Conference Play with 66-52 Win at Sacred Heart

Fairfield, Conn. (December 2, 2010)-Lamar Trice scored a career high 21 points to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 66-52 win at Sacred Heart in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams on Thursday night.

Trice was 7-for-16 from the field and 4-of-9 from three-point range for his career-high 21 points. Freshman Josh Castellanos added a career-best 11 points and six rebounds in the win. Castellanos hit all nine of his free throws in the game.

Mount St. Mary's leading scorer Shawn Atupem, who was limited to 14 minutes of action due to foul trouble, chipped in 10 points, hitting all three of his shots from the field and all four of his free throws in the victory. David Golladay and Julian Norfleet chipped in seven points each for the Mount as well.

The Mount (3-4, 1-0 NEC) shot 47.6 percent from the floor in the game and was 21-of-27 (.778) at the charity stripe. Mount St. Mary's held Sacred Heart to 33.3 percent shooting while forcing 19 turnovers.

The Pioneers (1-5, 0-1 NEC) were led by Shane Gibson's 21 points and Jerrell Thompson's 14.

Leading 34-32 early in the second half, the Mount used a 7-0 run to take a 41-32 advantage with 14:11 left in the game. Golladay started the run with a pull up jumper ahead of a pair of Josh Castellanos free throws. Trice added a fast-break lay-up and Golladay hit a free throw to end the spurt.

Sacred Heart cut the deficit to 48-44 on a pair of Stan Dulaire fast-break buckets, but the Mount scored the next four points to re-establish an eight-point lead. From there, the Mount was able to pull away for the victory.

Trice led the Mount with 14 points in the first half, hitting 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-7 from three-point range.

The Pioneers opened a 10-6 lead early in the game behind eight points from Gibson. Sacred Heart continued to hold the advantage until Trice and Norfleet connected on back-to-back three-pointers to give the Mount an 18-16 lead.

After Sacred Heart scored four straight points to regain the lead, David Golladay had a nice tip-in and Trice scored a lay-up on a fast break to give the Mountaineers a 23-20 lead. Trice hit a three-pointer with 1:00 left in the half to push the margin to 28-24 before a Louis Montes free throw made it 28-25 at the break.

The Mountaineers held Sacred Heart to 34.6 percent shooting in the opening half while forcing 10 turnovers. Mount St. Mary's hit 45.8 percent from the floor while hitting 4-of-11 from beyond the arc in the half.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, December 4, when they visit NEC Preseason favorite Quinnipiac. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.

Game Notes: The Mount won its Northeast Conference opener for the first time in three seasons...The Mount hit 19-of-21 (.905) at the foul line in the second half...The Mount now leads the all-time series with Sacred Heart, 16-7...This was the Mount's first road win of the year in four road contests.

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