November 18, 2011

Men's Basketball to Host Siena for Home Opener on Saturday Night

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Mount St. Mary's, coming off a 63-50 win at Hartford on Wednesday, returns to Knott Arena to face Siena in the home opener.  The Mount has won three consecutive home openers and six of their past seven.  Last year, the Mount downed Savannah State, 68-62, in overtime in the home opener.

Senior Danny Thompson and sophomore Josh Castellanos had career days in leading the Mount to the win at Hartford.  Thompson posted a career high 17 points while matching his career best of 12 rebounds to record his second career double-double in the game. 

Castellanos had career highs of 16 points and nine assists in the win.  The Mount controlled the boards, outrebounding the Hawks, 38-26, in the contest.  At one point in the first half, the Mount had a 16-to-1 rebounding advantage.

Mount St. Mary's used a 16-to-1 first-half run to take an 18-5 lead on Wednesday.  A 17-to-5 spurt to close the half gave the Mount a commanding 40-18 lead at the half.  Mount St. Mary's led by as many as 29 points (56-29) in the second half to cruise to the win.

Siena defeated Navy, 65-56, at home on Wednesday in the team's season opener.  Kyle Downey scored a game-high 19 points while Brandon Walters added 12 points and seven rebounds.  OD Anosike added a game-high 10 rebounds in the contest.  The Saints went 13-18 overall and 8-10 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference last season.  Siena was picked to finish to finish sixth in the MAAC Preseason poll.

Siena holds a 3-0 lead in the all-time series that dates back to the 1940-41 season.  The Saints posted a 79-76 overtime win against the Mount on Jan. 2, 2010, in Albany in the last meeting between the two teams.  The Mount led by 14 points in the first half of the game before Siena rallied to the win.

The Mount has a quick turnaround, heading to Minnesota on Monday, November 21, for a 7:00 p.m. (CT) game.  Mount St. Mary's is 0-1 all-time against the Golden Gophers.