Emmitsburg, Md. (September 27, 2011)--Thirteen home games and a tough non-conference slate highlight the 2011-12 men's basketball schedule announced by head coach Robert Burke today.
"I believe that good players like to play good competition, and again this year we have put together a very challenging schedule to prepare us for our conference play," said Burke. "We have an exciting home schedule, and are looking forward to the home court advantage provided by our fans."
The Mount opens the season at Big East member Marquette on Friday, November 11, for the first-ever meeting between the two teams. It will be the Mount's first appearance at the Bradley Center since falling to top-seeded Michigan State, 76-53, in the NCAA First Round on March 12, 1999.
The Mount then visits Hartford on November 16 for the first-ever meeting between the teams before heading back to Emmitsburg for the home opener against Siena on November 19. The Mount is 0-3 all-time against the Saints, falling 79-76 in overtime on Jan. 2, 2010, in the last meeting between the schools.
It is a quick turnaround after the Siena game as the Mount will visit Minnesota two days later. The Golden Gophers won the only other meeting between the two teams in 1995 and are the first of two games against Big 10 opponents on the year.
The Mount heads to Navy on November 27 as the two squads will be meeting for the fifth consecutive year. The Midshipmen defeated the Mount, 81-68, at Knott Arena last year and hold a slight 8-6 advantage in the all-time series.
The Mount returns home to open Northeast Conference play against St. Francis (N.Y.) (Dec. 1) and defending champion Long Island (Dec. 3). This will be the first time the Mount has opened NEC play at home since defeating Long Island, 73-55, on Dec. 7, 2007.
The Mount returns to non-conference action by traveling to Maryland on December 7. This will be the seventh all-time meeting between the two teams and the first since Dec. 28, 2006.
The Mountaineers then welcome longtime rival Loyola on December 10 for the 167th meeting in the all-time series. The Greyhounds won last year's contest, but the Mount has captured seven of the past 10 matchups and holds a 96-70 lead in the most-played rivalry in the state of Maryland.
It's back on the road for a pair of games before Christmas as the Mount will travel to Penn State (Dec. 18) and Savannah State (Dec. 22). The Mount is 0-6 all-time at Penn State, but the past two meetings have been decided by five points or less. Last year, the Nittany Lions needed a 30-foot three-pointer by Talor Battle in the final seconds to snap a tie and earn a 57-53 victory. The Mount defeated Savannah State, 68-62, in overtime for Burke's first career win in the first-ever meeting between the schools last November.
The Mountaineers round out the non-conference slate with a pair of home games against American on Dec. 29 and Albany on Dec. 31. American edged the Mount last year in Emmitsburg and now holds a 31-28 advantage in the all-time series. This will be the seventh consecutive season the two schools have played. The Mount lost at Albany last year in the first-ever matchup between the teams.
The return to NEC play has the Mount on the road for six of eight games in January, beginning with a two-game road trip to Monmouth (Jan. 5) and Fairleigh Dickinson (Jan. 7). A brief two-game homestand with Central Connecticut State (Jan. 12) and Bryant (Jan. 14) precedes a four-game trip to Long Island (Jan. 19), St. Francis (N.Y.) (Jan. 21), Quinnipiac (Jan. 26) and Sacred Heart (Jan. 28).
February will see the Mount play five of its first six games at Knott Arena, including a three-game homestand against Robert Morris (Feb. 2), Saint Francis (Pa.) (Feb. 4) and Wagner (Feb. 8). The Mountaineers return to Wagner on Feb. 11 before rounding out the home schedule against Monmouth (Feb. 16) and Fairleigh Dickinson (Feb. 18). The final two games of the regular season will be at Central Connecticut State (Feb. 23) and Bryant (Feb. 25).
The Mount finished 9-9 in NEC play last year and are one of two teams in the league to finish with a .500 or better record in NEC play in each of the past six seasons.
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