Mount St. Mary's Stretches Win Streak to Three with 72-63 Win over Quinnipiac

Mount St. Mary's Stretches Win Streak to Three with 72-63 Win over Quinnipiac

Emmitsburg, Md. (January 22, 2011)--Senior Shawn Atupem (Newport News, Va./Woodside) had 17 points, six rebounds and six steals as Mount St. Mary's defeated Quinnipiac, 72-63, at Knott Arena on Saturday night. Atupem's final point of the night gave the senior 1,000 career points at Mount St. Mary's, which won its third-straight game to move to 7-14 overall and 5-3 in the Northeast Conference.

The Mountaineers, who are in a four-way tie for second place in the NEC standings, held off several Quinnipiac rallies in the second half to earn the victory. Leading 38-33 early in the second half, the Mount used a 13-to-6 run to grab a 51-39 advantage with 11:24 left in the game. Junior Lamar Trice (Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter) had four points in the spurt that was capped by a Josh Castellanos (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep) jumper from the right corner.

The Bobcats (12-7, 4-4 NEC) responded with an 11-to-1 run to cut the Mount's advantage to 52-50 with 7:31 left. Dave Johnson had five points for Quinnipiac during the run that ended on Dominique Langston's three-pointer.

The Mount answered again, scoring nine of the next 11 points to push the lead back to nine. Trice hit four free throws and Atupem finished the stretch with five consecutive points. Atupem hit 2-of-2 at the line with 5:04 remaining to give the Mount a 61-52 advantage. Those two free throws lifted the senior to 1,000 career points at the Mount, making him the 42nd player in school history to achieve that feat.

Quinnipiac scored the next five points to make it a four-point game, but Castellanos came through with a clutch three-pointer from the left corner to give the Mount a 64-57 lead with just under four minutes remaining. Quinnipiac cut the gap to five twice in the final two minutes, but the Mount was able to seal the victory at the foul line.

Atupem finished the day with 17 points, six rebounds and a career-high six steals to lead the Mount while Castellanos chipped in a career-high 12 points off the bench. Raven Barber (Edgewood, Md./Paul VI [Va.]) had nine points for the MOunt with Julian Norfleet (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) and Trice finishing with eight each.

Deontay Twyman led Quinnipiac with 16 points with Jamee Jackson adding 13 in the loss. James Johnson tallied 11 points and a game-high seven assists for Quinnipiac as well.

The Mount shot 45.1 percent from the field in the game and held a 40-31 advantage on the boards. Freshman David Golladay (Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise) led the Mount with a game-high seven rebounds. Mount St. Mary's held the Bobcats to 38.8 percent overall, including 6-of-25 (.240) in the first half.

The Mount returns to action on Thursday, January 27, with a 7:00 p.m. game at Central Connecticut State.

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