Mount St. Mary's Tops Fairleigh Dickinson, 70-59, on Saturday Night

Mount St. Mary's Tops Fairleigh Dickinson, 70-59, on Saturday Night

Emmitsburg, Md. (February 5, 2011)--Senior Shawn Atupem scored 17 points to lead Mount St. Mary's past Fairleigh Dickinson, 70-59, in Northeast Conference action on Saturday night at Knott Arena on campus. Fellow senior Jean Cajou added eight points in the win, becoming the 43rd player in Mount history to reach 1,000 career points.

Trailing 17-12 eight minutes into the game, the Mount used a 10-2 run to grab a three-point advantage. Junior Danny Thompson opened the run on a baseline dunk on a feed from Josh Castellanos. Atupem then scored in the paint and Thompson recorded another dunk on a Castellanos feed. After an FDU bucket, Atupem and Thompson each scored in the paint to complete the run.

The Knights (4-19, 2-10 NEC) responded to grab a 25-23 advantage, but the Mount (9-16, 7-5 NEC) closed the half on a 14-to-4 spurt to grab a 37-29 lead at the half. Atupem capped the late run with back-to-back baskets to give him 10 points in the opening half.

The Mount held a 46-35 lead in the second half and were on a fast break with freshman David Golladay pulling up for a baseline jumper when the arena went dark due to a power outage with 13:30 left in the game. After a 20-minute delay, the teams resumed play.

Fairleigh Dickinson whittled the Mount lead to 62-55 and had a fast-break looking to cut into the margin even more, but Atupem recorded back-to-back blocks on the possession and Castellanos was fouled going to the basket the other way. The freshman hit both free throws for a nine-point lead and the Mount was able to cruise to the win.

Atupem finished the game with 17 points, three assists, two blocks and two drawn charges to pace the Mountaineers. Freshman Julian Norfleet added 14 points and three steals in the win as well. Thompson chipped in nine points and nine rebounds off the bench while Cajou added a season-high eight points, four rebounds and two steals. Sophomore Raven Barber also scored eight for the Mount in the game.

Kamil Svrdlik led Fairleigh Dickinson with 19 points and eight rebounds while John Galvin added nine points and 12 boards in the loss.

The Mount had 16 assists and just five turnovers in the game while holding FDU to 38.9 percent shooting. The Mount also had a season-high 10 blocks in the game with Thompson rejecting a team-high three shots.

The win was the Mount's fourth-straight at Knott Arena, improving the team's record to 7-3 at home. The Mount is now 24-3 over its past 27 games against NEC opponents at Knott Arena (including NEC Tournament games).

Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Wednesday, February 9, when Wagner visits for a 7:00 p.m. game. The two teams will play back-to-back contests next week as part of the NEC's Rivalry Week with the return game set for Saturday night in Staten Island, N.Y.

Game Notes...The Mount inducted five new members into the Sports Hall of Fame earlier in the day...The induction class included Megan Gardiner (Women's Basketball, C' 00), Gregory Harris (Men's Basketball, C'00), Will Vanjonack (Baseball, C'99), Mark Southern (Men's Soccer, C'98) and Rob Herb (C' 78, Men's Lacrosse).

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