Men's Basketball Opens 2011-12 Season at No. 22 Marquette on Friday night at 9 p.m.
MOUNT ST. MARY'S at #22 MARQUETTE
Friday, November 11, 2011
Milwaukee Wis. * Bradley Center * 9:00 p.m. (ET)
TV: Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), Sports Channel New York (SNY) and ESPN3
Mount St. Mary's begins its 103rd season of men's basketball on Friday, November, 11, with a trip to #22 Marquette. The Mountaineers went 11-21 overall last year while tying for sixth place in the Northeast Conference with a 9-9 league record. The Mount lost to second-seeded Quinnipiac in the NEC Tournament.
The Mountaineers have been picked to finish in sixth place in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches poll. Defending champion Long Island was selected as the preseason favorite, followed by Robert Morris, Central Connecticut State, Wagner, Quinnipiac and the Mount.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the Mount and Marquette. The Mount is 0-12 all-time against the Big East Conference since joining NCAA Division I in 1988-89.
This will be the 17th time that the Mountaineers have played a team ranked in the top 25 since moving to Division I. The Mount is 1-15 all-time in those games with the win coming on a last-second shot at #21 Georgia Tech on Dec. 18, 1995. The last time the Mount played a ranked opponent was an 83-62 loss at #18 Georgetown on Nov. 30, 2009.
Last season, guard Lamar Trice paced the Mount in scoring at 13.3 points per game while Shawn Atupem, who is playing professionally in Ireland this year, chipped in 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds.
The Mount had a couple of near upsets last year against BCS opponents, including a 57-53 loss at Penn State and a 69-59 loss at Cincinnati. Penn State's Talor Battle hit a three-pointer from 30-feet with just under a second remaining to snap a 53-53 tie last season to send Penn State to the win. The Mount trailed Cincinnati by four points with a minute left before free throws down the stretch allowed the Bearcats to pull away with the 10-point victory.