Savannah, Ga. (December 22, 2011)—Mount St. Mary's fell to Savannah State, 45-41, in a hard-fought game on Thursday night.
Trailing 44-38, the Mount's Josh Castellanos drained a three-pointer from the top of the key to cut the deficit to 44-41 with 1:50 on the clock. It was the Mount's only three-point basket of the game.
The Mount (1-10) got a stop on the ensuing possession, but then turned the ball over. The Mount got another chance to tie the score after getting another stop on the defensive end, but Julian Norfleet's three-point attempt from the right wing with 8.9 seconds left was off the mark.
Savannah State (5-8) got the rebound and the Mount was forced to foul Deric Rudolph with 3.2 seconds left, and he sealed the win by hitting 1-of-2 at the line.
Danny Thompson led the Mountaineers with eight points and five rebounds while Castellanos chipped in seven points and three assists. Ja'Colby Wells and Kristijan Krajina added six points each in the loss.
Rashad Hassan led all scorers with 14 points while Preston Blackmon added nine in the win for the Tigers. Arnold Louis added eight points, eight rebounds, seven steals and four blocks for Savannah State.
The Mountaineers shot 42.9 percent from the field in the game, but committed 24 turnovers, leading to 18 Savannah State points.
The Mount held the Tigers to 33.3 percent shooting in the game, including 1-of-12 (.083) from three-point range, while also forcing 18 turnovers.
In a tight first half, the Mount pulled ahead to its biggest lead, 20-15, on back-to-back Thompson buckets. The Mount maintained the lead as Krajina's putback with 1:19 left had the score 26-23. Arnold Louis answered with back-to-back baskets to give Savannah State the 27-26 halftime lead.
Krajina, Thompson and Wells each had six points to pace the Mount in the opening half as the Mount's post players combined to score 20 of the team's 26 points.
Hassan had eight points for Savannah State in the half while Louis had six points, five rebounds, four blocks and four steals.
The Mount shot 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from the field in the opening half, but had 11 turnovers. Savannah State was held to 37.0 percent shooting in the half, but recorded six blocked shots.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action with a two-game homestand prior to the New Year beginning with a 4:00 p.m. game against American on Thursday, December 29, at Knott Arena.
Game Notes: The Mount defeated Savannah State, 68-62, in overtime last year in Emmitsburg in the only other meeting between the two schools…The Mount is now 6-2 all-time against teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.