Mount Drops Home Opener to Siena
Emmitsburg, Md. (November 19, 2011)--Mount St. Mary's fell to Siena, 65-53, in the home opener on Saturday night before a crowd of 1,937 at Knott Arena. Sophomore Julian Norfleet paced the Mountaineers with 16 points in the game.
It looked like it would be a good night for the Mount as Norfleet drained a pair of three-pointers in the opening two minutes for a 6-0 lead.
Siena (2-0), however, took control of the game by rattling off a 25-to-3 run over the next 14 minutes to grab a 25-9 advantage. The Saints stretched the margin to as much as 18 points before heading to the locker room with a 32-16 lead.
The Mount (1-2) used a strong defensive effort in the second half to get back into the game, cutting a 21-point deficit to nine (41-32) with 7:28 remaining. Siena, however, was able to hold off the Mount rally and earn the victory.
Mount St. Mary's struggled from the field, shooting just 18-of-60 (30.0 percent) in the game, including 7-of-27 (.259) from three-point range. Siena shot 38.9 percent (21-of-54) in the game, including 8-of-27 (.296) in the second half.
Norfleet led the Mount with 16 points and a career high seven rebounds while Josh Castellanos chipped in 15 points, three assists and two steals. Raven Barber added 10 points while Danny Thompson had six points, 11 rebounds and a career-high six blocks in the loss.
Siena freshman Evan Hymes poured in 30 points in the victory with Brandon Walters adding 11 points and 12 rebounds. OD Anosike pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds for the Saints.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Monday, November 21, with a 7:00 p.m. (CT) game at Minnesota.
GAME NOTES: Siena now holds a 4-0 lead in the all-time series...Thompson is averaging 11.3 rebounds per game this year...Siena held a 47-34 advantage on the boards in the contest...The loss snapped a three-game win streak in home openers for the Mountaineers.