Mountaineers Knock Off St. Francis (N.Y.), 70-61

Mountaineers Knock Off St. Francis (N.Y.), 70-61

Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. (January 15, 2011)-Lamar Trice scored a career high 22 points and Danny Thompson added a career-best 16 points to lead Mount St. Mary's past St. Francis (N.Y.), 70-61, in Northeast Conference action on Saturday afternoon.

Mount St. Mary's (5-14, 3-3 NEC) scored the first five points of the second half to open up a 17-point advantage and held on from there for the victory.

Trice hit 7-of-12 from the field and was 6-for-7 at the line to post his career-high 22 points, the second time he has reached the 20-point mark in his career. Thompson was 6-for-8 from the field and 4-of-5 at the line for his career-high 16 points. The junior forward chipped in a game-high eight rebounds as well.

Sophomore Raven Barber hit all five of his field goal attempts in the game and scored 11 points for the Mount in the win. Atupem finished with eight points and five rebounds in the win.

Dre Calloway had 15 points while Ricky Cadell and Akeem Bennett each added 14 in the loss for the Terriers, who lost their first home game of the year in eight tries.

The Mountaineers saw the 17-point second-half lead cut to five, 56-51, with 5:43 remaining, but Shawn Atupem scored on a drive from the left baseline and Trice added a bucket on the next possession for a 60-51 advantage.

The Mountaineers came out strong in the opening half, hitting their first five shots to grab a 12-4 advantage. St. Francis (N.Y.) (8-9, 3-3 NEC) answered with eight consecutive points to even the score at 12-12, but the Mount responded with an 18-to-2 spurt to take the lead.

Thompson was a key figure in the start of the run, scoring seven consecutive points to give the Mount a 21-14 lead. Barber continued the run with dunks on back-to-back possessions and Julian Norfleet's three-pointer stretched the lead to 28-14. The run was capped by a Tayvon Jackson jumper for a 16-point lead with 7:10 left in the half.

The Mount shot 58.3 percent from the floor (121-14 lead. Barber continued the run with dunks on back-to-back possessions and Julian Norfleet's three-pointer stretched the lead to 28-14. The run was capped by a Tayvon Jackson jumper for a 16-point lead with 7:10 left in the half.

The Mount shot 58.3 percent from the floor (14-of-24) in the opening half while holding a 16-10 rebound advantage. St. Francis (N.Y.) was 10-for-25 (40.0 percent) from the field in the opening half.

The Mount returns to action on Thursday, January 20, when Sacred Heart visits Knott Arena for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.

Game Notes: Mount St. Mary's has seven of its next 10 games at home after starting the year by playing 13 of the first 19 on the road...Mount St. Mary's holds a 28-25 lead in the all-time series that dates.

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