Mount St. Mary's looks to snap its six-game losing streak with at Vermont on Wednesday night. The Mountaineers are coming off a 70-47 loss at Northwestern on December 23.
Freshman Julian Norfleet scored a career-high 21 points in the loss at Northwestern last Thursday. Norfleet was 8-for-12 from the field and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc in the game. Sophomore Raven Barber chipped in 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. The Wildcats scored the first 20 points of the game, but outscored the Mount by just three points the rest of the way.
Junior Lamar Trice paces the Mountaineers in scoring (12.5), assists (3.4) and steals (1.0). Trice has scored in double figures a team-high nine games this year. Norfleet is averaging 10.9 points per game this season while senior Shawn Atupem is averaging 10.4 points.
Vermont enters the game with an 8-3 record after an 84-79 win at Iona last Wednesday. Joey Accaoui paced the Catamounts with 23 points off the bench while Evan Fjeld added 19 points and 13 rebounds in the game.
Fjeld is averaging a team-high 17.3 points and 7.2 rebounds while Accaoui chips in 13.8 points per game. Brian Voelkel is the top rebounder at 10.0 boards per contest. Vermont is averaging 71.8 points for the year while shooting 41.0 percent from three-point range as a team.
Did You Know?...Julian Norfleet has made seven of his past 13 three-point shots (53.3 percent). Norfleet had made just two of his previous 19 three-point attempts. The freshman leads the Mount with 29 three-point field goals this season and is averaging 10.9 points per game. Norfleet leads the Mount in minutes per game (34.4) while dishing out 35 assists with 20 turnovers.
The All-Time Series...This will be the second all-time meeting between the Mount and Vermont.
* Last season, the Catamounts edged the Mount, 71-69, at Knott Arena on December 30.
* Joey Accaoui sank a pair of free throws with 2.5 seconds left to lift Vermont to the win. Trailing 65-58 with 3:43 remaining, the Mount rallied to knot the score at 69-69 with eight seconds left.
* Danny Thompson started the rally with a pair of free throws and his lay-up with eight seconds left tied the score. Jeremy Goode added a traditional three-point play and a lay-up in that stretch as well.
* Marqus Blakely had a sensational game for Vermont, posting 26 points, 11 rebounds, five steals, four assists and four blocks.
* Jeremy Goode finished 8-for-14 from the field while dishing out two assists and posting two steals his team-high 20 points. Jean Cajou added 12 points and three assists in the loss while Kelly Beidler added 11 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three blocks for the Mountaineers. Shawn Atupem scored 11 points for the Mount.
* Since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89, the Mount is 4-6 all-time against schools in America East.
* The Mountaineers are 1-1 vs. Boston University, 1-1 vs. Maine, 1-1 vs. New Hampshire, 1-1 vs. Binghamton, 0-1 vs. Albany and 0-1 vs. Vermont.
* The Mountaineers are 3-2 at home against America East schools and 1-4 on the road.
* The Mount lost at Albany, 77-57, on Dec. 18.
Last Time Out...Mount St. Mary's fell to Northwestern, 70-47, on December 23.
* The Wildcats scored the first 20 points of the game to take control and led 29-5 midway through the first half.
* Mount St. Mary's used an 11-2 run to cut the gap to 31-16, but Northwestern scored the final eight points of the half for a 39-16 lead at the break.
* The Mount played Northwestern even, 31-31, in the second half.
* Freshman guard Julian Norfleet paced the Mountaineers with a season-high 21 points while also dishing out five assists.
* Sophomore forward Raven Barber added 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting while junior forward Danny Thompson grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in his first career start.
Road Weary...The Mount's trip to Vermont marks the seventh road game for the team this month.
* After opening Northeast Conference play with a 66-52 win at Sacred Heart on December 2, the Mount has dropped its past five road games.
* The Mountaineers are 1-8 on the road this season, averaging 57.1 points per game while hitting just 33-of-130 (.254) from three-point range.
* The Mount is at Virginia Tech on January 2nd before returning to Knott Arena to face NEC foes Saint Francis (Pa.) (Jan. 6) and Robert Morris (Jan. 8).
* Mount St. Mary's is 14-32 over its past 46 road contests.
Barber Leads NEC in Field Goal Percentage...Sophomore Raven Barber leads the Northeast Conference in field goal percentage at 67.7 percent.
* The 6-8 forward is shooting 74.0 percent (37-of-50) over his past eight games, averaging 11.0 points and 4.3 rebounds over that stretch.
* Barber scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting in the Mount's loss at Albany.
* Barber has scored in double figures five times this season, including two of the past three games.
* Barber leads the Mount with 12 dunks this season. He is 42-of-62 from the field on the year.
Wins vs. Losses...A look inside the numbers in the Mount's wins vs. losses.
* Mount St. Mary's is averaging 68.0 points while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from three-point range in the team's three wins.
* In the 10 losses, the Mount is averaging 58.0 points while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 24.3 percent from three-point range.
* Senior forward Shawn Atupem is averaging 14.3 points in the team's three victories, shooting 66.7 percent in those games. In the Mount's losses, Atupem is averaging 9.2 points while shooting 40.9 percent from the floor.
Boardwork...Rebounding has been a concern for head coach Robert Burke this season.
* The Mountaineers are 11th in the Northeast Conference in both rebounding margin (5.3) and offensive rebounds (9.54).
* In the latest Ken Pomeroy ratings (www.kenpom.com), the Mount is 323rd out of 345 teams in opponents offensive rebound percentage. The Mount's opponents are rebounding 39.2 percent of their missed shots this season.
Thompson Makes First Start...Junior forward Danny Thompson made his first career start in the Mount's loss at Northwestern.
* The 6-7 forward responded by grabbing a career-high nine rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
* Thompson has pulled down seven or more boards in four of the past six games, averaging 6.5 rebounds over that stretch.
* Thompson leads the Mount and is fifth in the Northeast Conference in blocks (1.38). He has posted a career-high four blocks on two occasions this season.
Trice as Nice...Junior guard Lamar Trice is the Mount's leading scorer at 12.5 points per game this season.
* Trice has a team-high nine double figure scoring games, including a career-high 21 points in the Mount's 66-52 win at Sacred Heart.
* He also leads the Mount in both assists (44) and steals (13).
* The 5-11 guard is averaging 14.1 points over the past seven games.
* Trice averaged 1.9 points while playing a total of 157 minutes in 28 games for the Mountaineers last season.
Defending the Knott...The Mount has made Knott Arena a difficult place for the opposition in recent years.
* Mount St. Mary's had its 11-game homecourt win streak snapped by Navy, 81-68, on November 29. It was the Mount's second 11-game homecourt win streak since the start of the 2008-09 season.
* Mount St. Mary's is 24-7 (.774 winning pct.) at home over the past two-plus 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 171-119 (.590) record at Knott Arena.
Norfleet Finding the Range...Freshman Julian Norfleet has found his shooting touch over the past couple of games.
* Norfleet is averaging 16.0 points and 3.5 assists over the past two contests, hitting 11-of-20 (.550) from the field and 7-of-16 (.438) from three-point range.
* Norfleet is coming off a season-high 21 point effort at Northwestern. He also tied a season-high with five assists in the game.
* The freshman has scored in double figures seven times this season and leads the Mount with 29 three-point field goals made.
* Norfleet averages a team-high 34.4 minutes per game. He played 36 minutes at Northwestern after playing exactly 35 minutes in each of the previous five games.
Non-Conference Numbers...Since joining NCAA Division I, the Mountaineers have struggled in non-conference play. The Mountaineers are 62-150 (.292) in non-conference games since the move to Division I in 1988-89.
* Of those 212 non-conference games, 126 have been on the road, 66 at home and 20 at a neutral site.
* The Mount is 20-106 on the road, 35-31 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.
December Musings...Mount St. Mary's is 52-97 all-time in the month of December since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89.
* The Mountaineers are 30-28 at home, 17-63 on the road and 5-6 at neutral sites in those games.
* This season, the Mount has seven of its eight December games on the road.
* The last time the Mount had a winning mark in the month of December was when the 2007-08 squad went 6-2.
Atupem Climbs Career Scoring List...Senior forward Shawn Atupem is has moved into 50th place on the Mount's all-time scoring list.
* Atupem has 910 points in 107 career games at Mount St. Mary's.
* Atupem has struggled of late, averaging 6.0 points and 2.6 rebounds over the past five games. He is shooting just 32.5 percent from the field during that stretch.
* Atupem scored in double figures in seven of the Mount's first eight games, averaging 13.1 points over that span.
Freshmen in the Lineup...The Mount started a trio of freshmen (Josh Castellanos, David Golladay, Julian Norfleet) in seven games this year.
* It was the first time since Nov. 30, 2005, that the Mount had a trio of freshmen in the starting five. That game, Joey Butler, Sam Atupem and Markus Mitchell started against La Salle.
* Golladay and Norfleet started the first four games for the Mount this season. It was 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.
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.
Global Sports Main Event...The Mount finished in third place in the Global Sports Main Event, a five-team round robin in-season tournament.
* Cincinnati won the event with a perfect 4-0 mark, followed by Dayton (3-1), the Mount (2-2), Florida A&M (1-3) and Savannah State (0-4).
* 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.
BCS Flavor...The Mount will be playing four teams from BCS conferences this season, the most in school history.
* 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.
Brown Out of the Lineup...Senior Pierre Brown is out indefinitely with a foot injury. Brown averaged averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 31 games last year and was expected to start this year. In addition, sophomore Kristijan Krajina, a 6-9 forward who averaged 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 20 games played last season, has missed all 13 games this season 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.
The Mount and the Northeast Conference...The Mount is 185-194 all-time in NEC regular season games.
* The Mount is 110-78 at home and 75-116 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.
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.
Norfleet Named NEC Co-Rookie of the Week...Freshman Julian Norfleet was named the Northeast Conference Co-Rookie of the Week on November 20.
* 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, Nofleet drilled a three-pointer with 59 seconds left to pull the Mount within 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.
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).