Emmitsburg, Md. (February 9, 2011)--Shawn Atupem tallied 16 points and seven rebounds to lead Mount St. Mary's past Wagner, 71-57, in Northeast Conference action on Wednesday night. The Mount has won three consecutive games to move to 10-16 overall and 8-5 in the NEC.
Atupem finished the game 6-for-6 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line for his team-high 16 points. Freshman Julian Norfleet added 14 points while Jean Cajou chipped in a season-high 13 for the Mountaineers. Freshman Josh Castellanos matched a career high with 12 points while dishing out seven assists in the victory as well.
Wagner rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to even the score at 42-42 with 9:51 left in the game. Atupem then took over for the Mount, scoring eight points and assisting on a Castellanos three-pointer to give the Mount a 53-47 advantage.
Atupem opened the run by making a steal and converting a fast-break run to give the Mount a 44-42 lead. After a Wagner basket, Atupem scored in the paint. Wagner then hit 1-of-2 at the line, but freshman Castellanos sank a three-pointer on a feed from Atupem for a 49-45 lead. Atupem then converted back-to-back buckets that helped stretched the lead to 53-47.
The Mount was able to push the margin to 58-49 on a Norfleet three-point basket and was able to cruise to the win from there.
Mount St. Mary's shot 55.8 percent from the field in the game, making its final seven shots of the contest. After committing 12 first-half turnovers, the Mount had just four miscues the rest of the way. The Mount added 6-of-11 shooting from three-point range while holding a 31-to-28 margin on the boards.
Wagner was led by Latif Rivers who scored 16 points, but committed six turnovers. Tyler Murray had 13 and Orlando Parket 12 for the Seahawks (12-12, 8-5 NEC).
In the opening half, the Mount shot 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the field to take a 32-23 lead at the break. Trailing 12-7 early in the game, the Mount rattled off a 12-0 run to grab a 19-12 advantage. Atupem had six points during the scoring spurt.
Wagner cut the margin to 28-23, but Lamar Trice and Cajou each had fast-break lay-ups in the final minute to give the Mount its nine-point halftime cushion.
The Mount is now 22-3 over its past 25 NEC regular season home games, including a 6-1 mark this season. The Mount held Wagner to 34.0 percent shooting in the game, including 5-of-20 (.250) from beyond the three-point arc.
The game was part of the NEC's Rivalry Week as the two squads will match up again on Saturday night in Staten Island, N.Y., with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.Video has no source Url in style="width: 640px; height: 390px;" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="100" height="100" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0">