Men's Basketball to Face St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday

Men's Basketball to Face St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday

Mount St. Mary's (4-14, 2-3 NEC) at St. Francis (N.Y.) (8-8, 3-2 NEC)
Saturday, January 15, 2011, 4 pm
Brooklyn Heights, N.Y./Pope P.E. Center

Mount St. Mary's to Face St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday

Mount St. Mary's closes out its two-game road trip at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday afternoon. Mount St. Mary's lost at Long Island, 91-69, on Thursday to fall to 4-14 overall and 2-3 in the Northeast Conference.

Shawn Atupem and Lamar Trice each had 16 points in the loss to Long Island while Danny Thompson added eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds in the game. Jacolby Wells chipped in a career-high seven points off the bench for the Mountaineers.

Trice continues to shine in NEC play, averaging 18.2 points per game in league play this year. Overall, Trice paces the Mountaineers in scoring (13.6), assists (56) and steals (22). Atupem is the only other Mountaineer in double figures in scoring at 10.0 per game.

Thompson has been outstanding on the boards for the Mount of late, posting double figures in rebounds in four of the past five games, averaging 9.6 rebounds over that stretch. For the season, Thompson paces the Mount in rebounds (6.1) and blocks (1.3).

St. Francis (N.Y.) knocked off Wagner, 72-56, on Thursday night at home to move to 8-8 overall and 3-2 in the NEC this season. Ricky Cadell led the Terriers with 23 points in the game while Stefan Perunicic added 16 points in the win.

The Terriers, who are 7-0 at home this year, are led by the backcourt of Cadell and Akeem Bennett. Cadell leads the squad in scoring at 15.6 points per game while Bennett is averaging 14.9 points and 6.0 rebounds. Akeem Johnson chips in 11.1 points per game as well.

Did You Know?...Seniors Shawn Atupem and Jean Cajou are each closing in on 1,000 career points at the Mount. Cajou is 45th all-time at the Mount with 968 career points while Atupem is 47th with 955. They are looking to become the 42nd and 43rd players all-time at the Mount to reach the 1,000-point plateau in career scoring.

The All-Time Series...The Mount and St. Francis (N.Y.) will be meeting for the 53rd time at the Pope Physical Education Center on Saturday afternoon.

* The Mount holds a 27-25 lead in the all-time series that dates back to 1922.

* The first-ever meeting was a thriller with St. Francis (N.Y.) winning 17-16 in double overtime on December 9, 1922.

* Last year, the Terriers swept the season series, posting a pair of three-point victories. St. Francis (N.Y.) downed the Mount 61-58 on Jan. 14 in Emmitsburg and won 63-60 a week later in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.

* The Mountaineers had won the previous four matchups and six of the past seven meetings between the two teams.

* The Mount is 10-14 all-time against St. Francis (N.Y.) on the road and has won three of the past five meetings at the Pope Physical Education Center.

Last Time Out...Mount St. Mary's lost at Long Island, 91-69, on Thursday night.

* The Mount was 30-for-38 (.789) at the foul line in the game, setting season highs for both free throws made and attempted in a game this year.

* The first half featured a combined 45 free throw attempts and 29 fouls by the two teams.

* Shawn Atupem and Lamar Trice each scored a team-high 16 points in the loss.

* Sophomore Jacolby Wells recorded a career-high seven points off the bench for the Mount.

* Danny Thompson had 10 rebounds in the game, the fourth time over the past five games he has reached double figures in rebounds.

Trice as Nice...Junior guard Lamar Trice is one of the most-improved players in the Northeast Conference.

* Trice leads the Mount in scoring at 13.6 points per game, having scored in double figures in 14 of the team's 18 games.

* The 5-11 guard has improved his scoring average by 11.7 points from last season. Trice averaged 1.9 points per game in limited action last season for the Mountaineers.

* Trice has been even better in Northeast Conference play, averaging 18.2 points per game, second in the league. He has improved his scoring average in NEC games a whopping 17.3 points per game from last year. Trice averaged 0.9 points while appearing in 16 NEC contests.

* Trice has totaled 91 points, 31 field goals, 12 three-pointers, 18 assists, eight steals and 166 minutes in five NEC games this year. In 26 career NEC appearances prior to this season, Trice had totals of 23 points, seven field goals, one three-pointer, 10 assists, four steals and 103 minutes played.

* Trice scored a career-high 21 points in the Mount's 66-52 win at Sacred Heart.

* He also leads the Mount in assists (56) and steals (22).

Thompson Picking Up the Boards...Junior forward Danny Thompson has posted double figures in rebounds in four of the past five games.

* The 6-7 forward tallied his first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in the Mount's 63-56 win over Saint Francis (Pa.).

* Thompson, the Mount's top rebounder at 6.1 per game, is averaging 9.6 boards per contest over the past five games.

* Thompson also leads the Mount and is fifth in the NEC in blocks at 13 per game. He has rejected 24 shots this year.

Conference Play, Inside the Numbers...The Mountaineers are 2-3 in the NEC so far this year.

* Guard Lamar Trice is third in scoring in NEC games at 18.2 points per game while Junior Danny Thompson is third in the conference in rebounding at 8.4 per game in league games.

* The Mount is third in the NEC in league games in scoring defense at 65.4 points per game.

Conference Play..Mount St. Mary's has completed the non-conference portion of the schedule and will play only Northeast Conference games the rest of the way.

* Mount St. Mary's, which is 2-3 so far this year in the NEC, has posted three-straight winning seasons in conference play.

* Since the start of the 2005-06 season, the Mount is 57-38 (.600) in NEC regular season games.

* The Mount has advanced to at least the NEC Tournament semifinals in each of the past five years. The Mount won the NEC in 2008 and lost in the NEC Championship game the following season in 2009.

* The Mount is 17-3 in NEC regular season games at Knott Arena over the past two-plus seasons.

* Overall, the Mountaineers are 20-3 over their past 23 home games against NEC opponents including the playoffs.

* The Mount's 77-75 loss to Quinnipiac in early December snapped the team's 11-game NEC regular season win streak. That 11-game streak matched the school record of 11 NEC wins in a row set in 1994-96.

The Scoring Charts...Jean Cajou and Shawn Atupem are among the top 50 scorers in Mount St. Mary's history.

* Cajou currently ranks 45th all-time at the Mount with 968 points while Atupem is 47th with 955.

* The duo are looking to become the 42nd and 43rd players in Mount history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

Road Weary...The Mountaineers concludes its season-opening stretch of playing 13 of the first 19 games on the road this year.

* Mount St. Mary's has struggled away from Knott Arena, posting a 1-11 record on the road this year.

* The Mount is averaging just 56.5 points per game on the road this year, shooting 38.0 percent from the floor and 26.1 percent from three-point range.

* After Saturday's game at St. Francis (N.Y.), the Mount will play seven of its next 10 games at Knott Arena.

Cajou Returns...Senior guard Jean Cajou has returned to the team and appeared in two games this year.

* Cajou has 968 points in 100 career games. He is 32 points shy of becoming the 42nd player in Mount history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

* Cajou was named to CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major All-Defensive Team last year.

Barber Leads NEC in Field Goal Percentage...Sophomore Raven Barber leads the Northeast Conference in field goal percentage at 65.4 percent.

* The 6-8 forward is averaging 8.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game this year.

* Barber scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting in the Mount's loss at Albany.

* Barber is shooting 70.7 percent (29-of-41) from the field over the past eight games.

The Mount and the Northeast Conference...The Mount is 186-196 all-time in NEC regular season games.

* The Mount is 111-79 at home and 75-117 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.

Wins vs. Losses...A look inside the numbers in the Mount's wins vs. losses.

* Mount St. Mary's is averaging 66.8 points while shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from three-point range in the team's four wins.

* In the 14 losses, the Mount is averaging 56.6 points while shooting 37.9 percent from the field and 25.8 percent from three-point range.

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 25-8 (.758 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 17-3 mark over its past 19 NEC regular season home games. Including the playoffs, the Mount has won 20 of its past 23 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 172-120 (.589) record at Knott Arena.

Cajou at the Line...Senior guard Jean is second all-time at the Mount in career free throw percentage.

* Cajou is shooting 81.7 percent (236-for-289) in his career at the charity stripe.

* Mark Scallion (1983-87) is the Mount's all-time leader in free throw percentage at 84.8 percent (228-for-269).

Non-Conference Numbers...The Mount finished the non-conference schedule with a 2-11 mark, going 2-2 at home and 0-9 on the road.

* Since joining NCAA Division I, the Mountaineers have struggled in non-conference play. The Mountaineers are 62-152 (.290) in non-conference games since the move to Division I in 1988-89.

* Of those 214 non-conference games, 128 have been on the road, 66 at home and 20 at a neutral site.

* The Mount is 20-108 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.

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.

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 17 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.

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 Cincinnati, Norfleet 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.

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.

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).

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