Mountaineers Conclude Non-Conference Slate at Virginia Tech on Sunday
Mount St. Mary's opens 2011 with its final non-conference game of the season at Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon. The Mountaineers are coming off a tough 68-61 overtime loss at Vermont on Wednesday.
Senior Shawn Atupem's tip-in with 3.3 seconds left sent the Mount to overtime at Vermont. The Catamounts, however, used a 8-0 run in the extra session to take control and earn the victory.
The Mount had rallied from a 51-46 deficit with 1:33 remaining to force overtime. David Golladay started the rally with a pull-up jumper in the paint while Julian Norfleet hit a pair of free throws with 37 seconds left to cut the deficit to 51-50. After Evan Fjeld hit 1-of-2 at the line with 26 seconds on the clock, the Mount got the ball down low to Danny Thompson in the post. Thompson was unable to convert, but Atupem was there to tip-in Thompson's miss to even the score.
Norfleet and Lamar Trice paced the Mount with 13 points each while Thompson added nine points and a career-high 11 boards in the game.
Trice leads the Mount in scoring at 12.6 points per game with Norfleet chipping in 11.1 per contest. Thompson is averaging 5.4 points and a team-high 5.2 rebounds per game.
Virginia Tech (8-4) has won four games in a row, including a 64-53 victory over USC Upstate on Thursday afternoon. Malcolm Delaney, who had 17 points in the win over USC Upstate, leads the team in scoring at 19.7 points per game. Jeff Allen is nearly averaging a double-double at 12.4 points and 9.5 rebounds.
Did You Know?...Mount St. Mary's posted a 16-17 record in the calendar year of 2010. The Mount opened 2010 in the midst of a nine-game losing streak. Mount St. Mary's responded by winning 11 in a row, having that streak snapped in the Northeast Conference semifinals at Robert Morris in March. The Mount ends 2010 in the midst of a seven-game losing streak.
The All-Time Series... This will be the fifth all-time meeting between the Mount and Virginia Tech.
* Virginia Tech is 4-0 all-time against the Mountaineers, including a 62-57 win on Nov. 17, 2008, in the last meeting.
* In the last meeting, Virginia Tech rallied from a six-point deficit with 2:22 remaining to escape with the 62-57 victory. Jeremy Goode hit a runner in the lane with 2:22 left in the game to give Mount St. Mary's a 52-46 advantage. Jean Cajou finished with a game-high 19 points and four rebounds for the Mount while Jeremy Goode added 11 points and three assists in the game. Markus Mitchell chipped in nine points and 10 boards for the Mountaineers. Malcolm Delaney paced Virginia Tech with 18 points (13-of-15 at the line) while A.D. Vassallo added 15 and Jeff Allen 13 points and nine boards in the victory.
* Virginia Tech is 3-0 all-time at home against the Mountaineers.
* Two of the four all-time meetings have been decided by five points or less.
Last Time Out...The Mount was edged by Vermont, 68-61, in overtime on Wednesday.
* The Mount rallied from a 51-46 deficit with 1:33 left to force the extra session. Shawn Atupem's tip-in with 3.3 seconds on the clock tied the score at 52-52.
* In the overtime, Vermont used a 8-0 run to take control and earn the victory.
* Lamar Trice and Julian Norfleet each had 13 points to pace the Mountaineers. Danny Thompson had nine points and a career-high 11 boards in the game.
* The Mount shot just 38.2 percent in the game, including 9-of-30 (.300) in the first half.
The Mount vs. the ACC...The Mount is 1-19 all-time against the ACC with the lone win coming on Dec. 18, 1995, at No. 21 Georgia Tech (71-69) on a Jeff Balistrere lay-up at the buzzer.
* The Mount's last game against an ACC squad was a 62-57 loss to Virginia Tech on Nov. 17, 2008.
* The only time the Mount has hosted an ACC team was when Maryland defeated the Mount, 82-54, at Knott Arena on Dec. 8, 1987.
* The Mount is 0-6 vs. Maryland, 0-3 vs. Wake Forest, 1-2 vs. Georgia Tech, 0-3 vs. North Carolina State, 0-2 vs. Virginia Tech, 0-1 vs. North Carolina, 0-1 vs. Virginia, and 0-1 vs. Florida State.
* Four of the 20 games vs. ACC teams have been decided by single digits. The Mount defeated No. 21 Georgia Tech, 71-69, during the 1995- 96 season and fell to the Yellowjackets, 80-74, during the 1998-99 season. In 2003-04, the Mount lost at Virginia, 80-71 while fallng to Virginia Tech, 62-57, in 2008-09.
* The first two times the Mount faced Virginia Tech was before the Hokies joined the ACC.
Road Weary...The Mount's game at Virginia Tech completes a three-game road swing and a stretch of eight of nine games away from home.
* The Mountaineers have lost six in a row on the road and are 1-9 away from Knott Arena this season.
* 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.
* Mount St. Mary's has lost 15 consecutive non-conference road games and are 14-33 over the past 47 games on the road overall.
Norfleet Heating Up...Freshman guard Julian Norfleet has been heating up the past few games.
* Norfleet is averaging a team-high 15.0 points over the past three games. Norfleet is 10-of-23 (.435) from three-point range over that span and is shooting 48.4 percent (15-of-31) from the floor.
* For the season, Norfleet is averaging 11.1 points, shooting 36.5 percent from the field and 31.1 percent (32-of-103) from beyond the arc.
Barber Leads NEC in Field Goal Percentage...Sophomore Raven Barber leads the Northeast Conference in field goal percentage at 68.7 percent.
* The 6-8 forward is shooting 81.5 percent (22-of-27) over the past four games, averaging 11.5 points over that span.
* 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 four games.
* Barber leads the Mount with 12 dunks this season. He is 46-of-67 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 11 losses, the Mount is averaging 58.3 points while shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 25.0 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 9.1 points while shooting 41.2 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 (5.4) and offensive rebounds (9.71).
* 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 38.8 percent of their missed shots this season.
Thompson Picking Up the Boards...Junior forward Danny Thompson has picked it up on the glass.
* The 6-7 forward, who made his first career start at Northwestern, is averaging 10.0 rebounds over the past two games. He grabbed a career-best 11 boards in the Mount's overtime loss at Vermont.
* Thompson has pulled down seven or more boards in five of the past seven games, averaging 7.1 rebounds over that stretch.
* Thompson leads the Mount and is fourth in the Northeast Conference in blocks (1.36). He has posted a career-high four blocks on two occasions this 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.
Trice as Nice...Junior guard Lamar Trice is the Mount's leading scorer at 12.6 points per game this season.
* Trice has a team-high 10 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 (46) and steals (15).
* The 5-11 guard is averaging 14.0 points over the past eight games.
* Trice averaged 1.9 points while playing a total of 157 minutes in 28 games for the Mountaineers last season.
Non-Conference Numbers...Since joining NCAA Division I, the Mountaineers have struggled in non-conference play. The Mountaineers are 62-151 (.291) in non-conference games since the move to Division I in 1988-89.
* Of those 213 non-conference games, 127 have been on the road, 66 at home and 20 at a neutral site.
* The Mount is 20-107 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.
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 918 points in 108 career games at Mount St. Mary's.
* Atupem has struggled of late, averaging 6.3 points and 3.0 rebounds over the past six games. He is shooting just 34.7 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 14 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).