Mount and Wagner Begin Home-and-Home Series on Wednesday Night

Mount and Wagner Begin Home-and-Home Series on Wednesday Night

Mount St. Mary's hosts Wagner on Wednesday night at Knott Arena in the opening game of a home-and-home series. The two teams will head to Staten Island, N.Y., for a Saturday night tilt as the two-game series is a part of the Northeast Conference's Rivalry Week.

The Mount is coming off a 70-59 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday night. The Mount improved to 9-16 overall and 7-5 in the NEC with the victory.

The Mount closed the first half on a 14-to-4 run to take a 37-29 lead at the half. The Mountaineers stretched the lead to as much as 13 in the second half to earn the victory. Shawn Atupem led the way with 17 points, three assists and two blocks while Julian Norfleet chipped in 14 points in the victory. Senior guard Jean Cajou became the 43rd player in Mount history to reach 1,000 career points with an eight-point effort against FDU.

The Mountaineers are 5-2 over the past seven games and are currently tied for fourth place in the NEC with Quinnipiac. The Mount has won four straight games at Knott Arena and is 21-3 against NEC opponents at home since the start of the 2008-09 season.

Lamar Trice leads the Mount in scoring at 13.4 points per game while Atupem is averaging 10.1 points.

Wagner defeated Monmouth, 63-60, on Saturday to improve to 12-11 overall and 8-4 in the NEC. Freshman Latif Rivers, a six-time NEC Rookie of the Week, had 27 points in the win over Monmouth while Tyler Murray added 12 points in the win.

Murray leads Wagner in scoring at 17.1 points per game while Rivers is averaging 14.6 points. Wagner is shooting 38.6 percent from three-point range as a team this year.

THIS DATE IN MOUNT HISTORY...Kevin Booth scored a game-high 24 points to lead Mount St. Mary's past Marist, 72-67, on Feb. 9, 1993, at the McCann Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Booth was 6-for-9 from three-point range in the victory. Chris McGuthrie chipped in 14 points and six assists for the Mount, which shot 50.9 percent from the field. Andy Lake led Marist with 22 points with Sean James adding 14 off the bench.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES...Wagner holds a 26-16 lead in the all-time series that dates back to the 1989-90 season.

* The Mount has won the past three meetings in the series and is 6-3 against the Seahawks over the past nine matchups.

* Mount St. Mary's is just 7-14 all-time at home against Wagner, but is 4-1 over the past five meetings between the two teams in Emmitsburg.

* Last year, the Mount swept the season series, posting a 69-44 win at home on Feb. 4 before earning a 66-50 victory in Staten Island two days later.

* The Mount defeated the Seahawks, 72-62, in the 2009 NEC Quarterfinals at Knott Arena.

Last Time Out...Mount St. Mary's posted a 70-59 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday night at Knott Arena.

* The Mount used a 14-to-4 run to close the first half to take a 37-29 lead. The Mount stretched the margin to as much as 13 points in the second half to earn the win.

* The second half featured a 27-minute delay due to a campus-wide power outage. The Mount's David Golladay was pulling up for a fast-break jumper from the left corner when the arena went dark with 13:30 left in the game.

* Senior Shawn Atupem led the Mount with 17 points while Julian Norfleet chipped in 14 points in the win. Danny Thompson added nine points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Mountaineers.

* Senior guard Jean Cajou scored eighth points in the game to become the 43rd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

Taking Care of the Ball...Mount St. Mary's committed just five turnovers in the 70-59 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson.

* The five turnovers were the fewest in a game by a Mount team since Jan. 20, 1997, when the Mount had five turnovers against St. Francis (N.Y.).

* The fewest turnovers in a game by a Mount team since moving to NCAA Division I was three against VMI on Dec. 29, 1989.

Block Party...Mount St. Mary's had a season-high 10 blocked shots in the 70-59 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson.

* The 10 blocks were the most by a Mount team since Feb. 10, 2001, when the Mount had 10 blocked shots against Long Island.

* Six different players combined for the Mount's 10 blocks in the game. Danny Thompson had three, Shawn Atupem and Julian Norfleet two each, and Julian Norfleet, David Golladay and Jacolby Wells added one block apiece in the victory.

Mount Wins at the Buzzer...Julian Norfleet's three-pointer with 0.6 seconds left in the Mount's 56-54 win over Monmouth was the team's first last-second game-winning shot since 2003.

* The last time the Mount won with a last-second shot was when Landy Thompson scored the game-winning basket at the buzzer in a 54-53 win at Navy on Dec. 27, 2003.

* The Mount has had several games decided in the final seconds this season. Quinnipiac's James Johnson scored with 0.5 seconds left to down the Mount, 77-75. At Penn State with the score tied 53-53, Talor Battle hit a 30-foot three-pointer with 1.3 seconds on the clock to lift the Nittany Lions to the victory. The Mount lost at Bryant, 62-60, when Alex Francis drove the lane and his shot bounced through the net as the final buzzer sounded.

Dialing Long Distance...The Mount hit a season-high nine three-pointers in the team's 56-54 win over Monmouth.

* Mount St. Mary's is 10th in the Northeast Conference in three-point percentage (.311) and last in the league in three-point field goals per game (4.56).

* In NEC play, however, the Mount is much improved in its three-point shooting. The team is fifth in the league in percentage (.355) and 10th in three-point field goals made (5.00).

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 13.4 points per game, having scored in double figures in 19 of the team's 25 games on the year. He has scored 15 or more points a team-best 12 times this year.

* The 5-11 guard has improved his scoring average by 11.5 points from last season, a whopping 605 percent increase. 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 15.2 points per game, seventh in the league. He has improved his scoring average in NEC games by 14.1 points per game from last year. Trice averaged 0.9 points while appearing in 16 NEC contests.

* Trice scored a career-best 22 points in the win at St. Francis (N.Y.) and added 21 in the victory at Sacred Heart.

Taking Charge...Senior forward Shawn Atupem leads the Mount this season with 16 charges taken.

* The 6-7 forward has now drawn 52 charge calls in his career at the Mount.

* Atupem has led the Mount in charges taken in each of the past two seasons. In 2008-09, he tied for the team lead with older brother, Sam., with 14. As a freshman, he was second on the squad to his brother.

Golladay Finding Ways to Chip In...Redshirt freshman David Golladay has started all 25 games he has appeared in this season for the Mountaineers.

* The 6-1 guard is averaging 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game on the year.

* Over the past five games, Golladay is averaging 5.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest.

* After posting five assists and 19 turnovers over the first nine games of the year, Golladay has 27 assists and 21 turnovers over his past 15 games played.

MSM and the NEC..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 7-5 so far this year in the NEC, has posted three-straight winning seasons in conference play. The Mount has also posted five consecutive .500 or better seasons in league play, joining Robert Morris as the only teams in the NEC to achieve that feat.

* Since the start of the 2005-06 season, the Mount is 62-40 (.608) in NEC regular season games. It is the third-most wins in the league in that stretch behind Robert Morris (71-31) and Central Connecticut State (64-38).

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

* The Mount is 21-3 in NEC regular season games at Knott Arena over the past two-plus seasons.

* Overall, the Mountaineers are 24-3 over their past 26 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.

Cajou Reaches Milestone...Senior Jean Cajou scored eight points in the Mount's 70-59 win over Fairleigh Dickinson to become the 43rd player in Mount history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Cajou reached the milestone with a lay-up with 4:20 left in the win over the Knights.

* He joins teammate Shawn Atupem in the 1,000-point club. Atupem hit the mark with a pair of free throws against Quinnipiac on January 22. The senior forward now has 1,011 points, good for 40th on the all-time list.

Getting Defensive...The Mountaineers have been one of the top defensive teams in the NEC over the past few seasons and have been so this year in league play.

* The Mount is second in the NEC in league games in scoring defense (61.8) and third in field goal percentage defense (.403).

* Overall, the Mountaineers are fourth in scoring defense (66.1) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (.424).

For Comparison Sake...The Mountaineers are definitely faring better statistically in NEC play so far this season.

* The Mount is third in the league in field goal percentage (.439) in league games and fifthin three-point percentage (.355). Overall, the Mount is eighth in field goal percentage (.409) and 10th in three-point percentage (.311).

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

* Mount St. Mary's is averaging 66.2 points while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 39.0 percent from three-point range in the team's nine wins.

* In the 16 losses, the Mount is averaging 56.5 points while shooting 37.9 percent from the field and 27.4 percent from three-point range.

Thievery...Senior Shawn Atupem tallied a career-high six steals in the Mount's 72-63 win over Quinnipiac.

* The six steals were the most by a Mount player since Jeremy Goode had seven in a 70-59 win over Loyola on December 1, 2007.

* Atupem, who is averaging 2.2 steals over the past six games, leads the Mount with 27 steals this season. He is tied for 32nd all-time in Mount history with 79 career thefts.

From the Field...Mount St. Mary's shot a season-high 58.1 percent (25-of-43) in the 70-61 win at St. Francis (N.Y.).

* It is the second time this season the Mount has shot 50 percent or better from the floor. Mount St. Mary's shot 54.4 percent (31-of-57) in the 77-75 loss at Quinnipiac.

* The Mountaineers are 9-5 this season when shooting 40 percent or better and 0-11 when shooting under 40 percent. In addition, the Mount is 9-5 when recording a higher field goal percentage than the opponent and 0-11 when the opposition shoots better.

The Mount and the Northeast Conference...The Mount is 191-198 all-time in NEC regular season games.

* The Mount is 115-79 at home and 76-119 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.

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 29-8 (.784 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 21-3 mark over its past 24 NEC regular season home games. Including the playoffs, the Mount has won 24 of its past 27 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 176-120 (.595) 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 82.3 percent (251-for-305) 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 played 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 25 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.

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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