Emmitsburg, Md. (December 3, 2011)--Danny Thompson poured in a career high 21 points, but it was not enough as Mount St. Mary's fell to defending Northeast Conference champion Long Island, 85-76, on Saturday night at Knott Arena.
The Mount evened the score at 48-48 on a Raven Barber dunk with 15:38 left in the game, but Long Island (4-4, 2-0 NEC) responded with a 10-1 run to grab a 58-49 advantage.
Thompson answered the LIU spurt with back-to-back buckets to cut the margin to 58-53, but the Blackbirds were able to extend the lead to 77-62 with 3:46 left after a Julian Boyd fastbreak basket.
The Mount (1-6, 0-2) did not quit, scoring the next eight points on a Thompson dunk, a Barber traditional three-point play, and a Josh Castellanos three-pointer, to cut the gap to 77-70 with 2:44 remaining. However, Long Island was able to withstand the rally to earn the win.
Thompson finished the game with 21 points, seven rebounds and four steals while converting 10-of-18 from the field. Barber scored all 13 of his points in the second half while Julian Norfleet, Lamar Trice and Castellanos finished with 10 points each. Trice had a final line of 10 points, six assists and five steals in his first start of the year.
Boyd led the Blackbirds with 22 points and 13 rebounds with Michael Culpo chipping in 18 points and Jamal Olasewere 17 in the victory. Jason Brickman dished out a game-high 11 assists.
The Blackbirds shot 55.6 percent (30-of-54) in the game and were 8-of-15 (.533) from three-point range. The Mount shot 40.5 percent (30-of-74) and was 7-of-18 (.389) from beyond the arc.
The Mountaineers opened the game with an 8-2 run that was capped by Trice and Norfleet three-point baskets. Long Island answered with an 8-2 run of its own to even the score, but the Mount countered to take a 17-14 advantage on another Norfleet basket.
Long Island scored 12 in a row to grab its biggest lead of the first half, 26-17, but the Mountaineers fought back to even the score at 32-32. LIU led 40-36 at the half.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Wednesday, December 7, with an 8:00 p.m. game at Maryland.
Game Notes: The Mount had a season-high 76 points and a season-low seven turnovers in the game...LIU now leads the all-time series, 25-22...Kristijan Krajina made his first start of the season for the Mount, posting four points and two rebounds in 19 minutes.