MOUNT ST. MARY'S (1-8) at PENN STATE (6-5)
Sunday, December 18, 4:00 p.m.
University Park, Pa. * Bryce Jordan Center
After a week of final exams, the Mount returns to action against Penn State on Sunday afternoon. Last season, the Nittany Lions needed a Talor Battle 30-foot three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to break a tie game en route to a 57-53 victory over the Mountaineers.
Penn State holds a 6-0 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1992. This is the fourth meeting over the past eight seasons between the two programs. Four of the six matchups have been decided by seven points or less.
The Mount is coming off a 65-54 home loss to longtime rival Loyola on December 10. It was the 167th meeting between the two schools and the Mount now owns a 96-71 lead in the series.
Sophomore Julian Norfleet paced the Mountaineers with a career high 23 points while redshirt sophomore Kristijan Krajina scored all of his career-high 10 points in the opening half. Loyola used a 9-0 run to close the first half with a 33-26 lead. The Mount cut the deficit to five several times in the second half, but Loyola was able to hold the lead and earn the win.
Norfleet is averaging 20.5 points, 5.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals over the past two games, hitting 8-of-18 (.444) from three-point range over that stretch. The Mount has improved dramatically in protecting the basketball, averaging 10.7 turnovers per game over the past three games. The Mountaineers averaged 20.7 turnovers over the first six games of the season.
Penn State is 6-5 this season after a 66-59 loss at Duquesne on December 10. Jermaine Marshall had 20 points and nine rebounds in the loss to the Dukes. Tim Frazier leads the Nittany Lions in scoring (17.4), rebounding (5.6), assists (7.2) and steals (2.3). Marshall is second on the team with 9.2 points per game. Penn State defeated Long Island (77-68) in the third game of the season, but has lost three in a row.
The Mount returns to action on Thursday, December 22, with a 6:00 p.m. game at Savannah State before returning to Knott Arena to host American (Dec. 29) and Albany (Dec. 31).