November 16, 2011

Josh Castellanos and Danny Thompson lead Mount to 63-50 Win at Hartford

Hartford, Conn. (November 16, 2011)—Danny Thompson and Josh Castellanos each posted career highs in points to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 63-50 win at Hartford on Wednesday night.

Thompson had a career high 17 points while matching a career high with 12 rebounds for his second career double-double in the game.  Castellanos tallied career highs of 16 points and nine assists in the victory.

Raven Barber added 11 of his 13 points in the second half for the Mount while Chad Holley and Julian Norfleet chipped in seven points in the victory.  Kelvin Parker pulled down six rebounds for the Mountaineers as well.

Mount St. Mary's held Hartford to 28 percent shooting (13-of-47) in the game while posting a 38-26 advantage on the boards.  The

Mount hit 50.0 percent 21-of-42 from the field in the victory.

Nate Sikma and Corban Wroe each had 10 points for Hartford (0-3) in the loss.

The Mount (1-1) took control of the game early with a 16-to-1 run to grab an 18-to-5 lead.  Castellanos and Thompson each had five points in the run.

Leading 23-13, the Mountaineers closed the half on a 17-to-5 run to take a commanding 40-18 lead at the break.  Thompson led the Mount with 14 points and seven boards in the half while Castellanos added 11 points and three assists.

The Mount was 13-for-22 (59 percent) from the field in the opening half, including 6-of-7 (.857) from three-point range, while holding Hartford to 5-of-16 (31 percent) shooting.  Mount St. Mary's controlled the boards in the half as well, holding a 20-to-5 edge on the boards in the half.

Mount St. Mary's led by as much as 28 points (52-24) before the Hawks used a late run to make the final margin 13 points.

Mount St. Mary's returns home to face Siena on Saturday, November 19, for the home opener with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m. 

Game Notes…This was the first-ever meeting between the Mount and Hartford…The Mount is now 5-7 all-time against teams in the America East Conference since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89.