MOUNT ST. MARY'S (1-9) at SAVANNAH STATE (4-8)
Thursday, December 22, 6:00 p.m.
Savannah, Ga. * Tiger Arena
Mount St. Mary's travels to Savannah State for its final non-conference road game on Thursday night. The Mountaineers (1-9) are coming off a 72-43 loss at Penn State on Sunday afternoon.
The Mount trailed 28-25 at the half at Penn State, but the Nittany Lions scored the first nine points of the second half to take a double-digit lead. A 22-2 run late in the second half sealed the win for Penn State. Raven Barber led the Mount with 11 points off the bench while Chad Holley chipped in 10 points. The Mount starters combined for just 13 points in the game.
Julian Norfleet leads the Mount in scoring at 11.6 points per game while chipping in 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Barber is second on the team with 9.8 points while hitting 53.8 percent form the field. Danny Thompson is averaging 7.8 points while pulling down a team-high 8.5 rebounds per contest.
The Mount continues to struggle on the offensive end, averaging just 56.6 points per game while shooting 39.9 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from three-point range. The Mount has been held under 60 points in seven of the 10 games this year.
Savannah State enters the game with a 4-8 overall record after a 66-33 loss at Wisconsin on December 15th. Cedric Smith and Arnold Louis each had eight points to lead the Tigers in scoring against the Badgers. Rashad Hassan leads the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game while Deric Rudolph chips in 8.3 points. Savannah State is averaging 58.9 points on the season while hitting 41.1 percent from the field as a team.
The Mount is 6-1 all-time against schools in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), including one of the signature wins in program history. The Mountaineers downed MEAC member Coppin State, 69-60, in the 2008 NCAA Tournament opening round for the school's first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament win.
The Mount returns to action with a two-game homestand prior to the New Year. Mount St. Mary's hosts American at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, before welcoming Albany on New Year's Eve for a 3:30 p.m. tip-off.