Emmitsburg, Md. (February 17, 2011)--Mount St. Mary's rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to take a six-point lead, but St. Francis (N.Y.) closed the game with an 11-to-2 run to grab a 63-60 victory in Northeast Conference action on Thursday night at Knott Arena.
Trailing 36-21 at the half, the Mount staged a furious rally to take the lead. The Mountaineers had cut the deficit to 48-44 on a Raven Barber jumper before Ricky Cadell answered on the other end to make it a six-point game with 8:24 on the clock.
Senior guard Jean Cajou then sparked the Mount by scoring the next eight points to give the Mount a 52-50 advantage wit 5:24 on the clock. Cajou hit a pair of three-pointers around a pair of free throws to give the Mount the lead. St. Francis (N.Y.) tied the score on a Dre Calloway rebound basket, but the Mountaineers rattled off the next six points for a 58-52 lead.
Josh Castellanos hit one-of two at the line and Shawn Atupem scored in the paint for a 55-52 lead. Lamar Trice followed with a three-pointer with 3:03 left to give the Mount its biggest lead of the game, 58-52, with 3:03 on the clock.
The Terriers answered with the next eight points to grab the advantage, scoring the first five points at the charity stripe ahead of Stefan Perunicic's three-pointer from the right corner with 1:12 on the clock that gave St. Francis (N.Y.) a 60-58 lead.
The Mount (10-18, 8-7 NEC) evened the score on a Julian Norfleet jumper with 53 seconds left, but Ricky Cadell drove to the basket and converted in the lane with 23 seconds on the clock to give the Terriers (12-14, 7-8 NEC) a 62-60 advantage.
On the Mount's final possession, Norfleet drove to the basket, but his driving lay-up was off the mark and the Mount fouled Cadell with 1.4 seconds left. Cadell hit the first free throw and missed the second, but the Mount was unable to get a shot off and the Terriers pulled out the victory.
Trice paced the Mount with 17 points and four assists while Norfleet and Cajou added 10 points each in the loss. Cadell posted a game-high 20 points for St. Francis (N.Y.) with Matt Milk chipping in 11 in the victory.
St. Francis (N.Y.) took control of the game in the first half, rattling off a 21-to-4 run in the first half to take a 29-12 advantage. The Terriers went to the locker room with a 36-21 lead.
The Mount falls to 22-4 over at home in NEC regular season game over the past two years. St. Francis (N.Y.), however, has won at Knott Arena in each of the past two seasons.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Saturday, February 19, when NEC leader Long Island visits Knott Arena for a 7:00 p.m. game. It is the final regular season home game for the Mount, which will honor seniors Atupem, Cajou and Tayvon Jackson prior to the game.