November 20, 2011

Mountaineers Head to Minnesota for Monday Night Matchup

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Mount St. Mary's heads back on the road for a Monday night matchup at Minnesota. The Mount is coming off a 65-53 loss to Siena on Saturday night in the home opener at Knott Arena.

The Mount offense struggled against the Saints as the Mountaineers shot just 30.0 percent (18-of-60) from the field. Siena went on a 25-to-3 first-half run to take control of the game.

Trailing by 21 early in the second half, the Mount was able to cut the deficit to nine on a pair of occasions, but could get no closer. Julian Norfleet led the Mount with 16 points and a career high seven rebounds while Josh Castellanos chipped in 15 points in the game.

Senior Danny Thompson had 11 rebounds and a career-best six blocks for the Mount against Siena. Thompson has recorded double figures in rebounds in each of the first three games, becoming the first Mountaineer to do that since the school moved to NCAA Division I in 1988-89.

Thompson's six blocks against Siena are the most by a Mount player since Angel Rivera had six against Saint Francis (Pa.) on December 1, 2001.

Minnesota is 3-0 this season with wins over Fairfield (67-57), South Dakota State (71-55) and Bucknell (70-58). The Golden Gophers defeated Fairfield last Thursday behind 20 points and 10 rebounds from Trevor Mbakwe, who was 16-of-18 at the foul line in the game. Mbwake leads Minnesota with 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game this season. Ralph Sampson III and Austin Hollins are chipping in 8.7 points per game.

The Mount is 0-10 all-time against the Big 10 Confernece since moving to NCAA Division I. Last year, the Mount lost to Penn State and Northwestern. In the matchup with Penn State last season, the Nittany Lions needed a Talor Battle 30-foot three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to snap a 53-53 tie to earn the victory.