Mountaineers Host Defending Champion Long Island on Saturday

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Mount St. Mary's hosts defending Northeast Conference champion Long Island Saturday night at Knott Arena.  The  Mountaineers are coming off a 64-54 home loss to St. Francis (N.Y.) on Thursday.

Freshman walk-on Kelvin Parker continues to shine for the Mountaineers.  The 6-3 guard had a team-high 16 points while adding six rebounds against the Terriers.  Parker is averaging 14.3 points while shooting 63.0 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from three-point range during that span.

The Mountaineers took an early 11-9 lead on Thursday, but the Terriers took the lead for good with an 11-2 run.  The Mount cut the deficit to 30-25 and 42-35 in the second half, but could get no closer.  Parker had a team-high 16 points while Raven Barber and Julian Norfleet chipped in 11 points in the loss.  Lamar Trice added 10 points and five rebounds in his first action of the year for the Mount.

Norfleet leads the Mount in scoring at 10.0 points per game while Parker and Barber are averaging 9.0 points per game.  As a team, the Mount is averaging just 53.2 percent while shooting 39.3 percent from the field and 31.0 percent from three-point range.

Long Island defeated Wagner, 78-73, on Thursday night to improve to 3-4 overall and 1-0 in the NEC.  Jamal Olasewere had 18 points and 11 rebounds while C.J. Garner scored 15 points, all in the second half, in the victory.  Olasewere is averaging a team-high 14.6 points per game while Julian Boyd is averaging 12.6 points and a team-best 7.7 rebounds.  The Blackbirds average 75.9 points as a team and are converting 45.9 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three-point range this season.

Next up for the Mountaineers is a trip to College Park to face Maryland on Wed., Dec. 7, at 8:00 p.m.  Mount St. Mary's then returns home to face longtime rival Loyola at 2:00 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 10, at Knott Arena.  It will be the 167th all-time meeting between the two schools.