Emmitsburg, Md. (December 31, 2011)--A late traditional three-point play proved to be the difference as Mount St. Mary's fell to Albany, 65-64, at Knott Arena on New Year's Eve.
In a game that saw seven ties and five lead changes in the second half, the Mount evened the score at 61-61 on a Julian Norfleet three-pointer with 2:35 remaining. After a stop on the defensive end, Danny Thompson hit 1-of-2 free throws to give the Mount a 62-61 lead with 1:36 on the clock.
Albany's Logan Aronhalt answered with a free throw with 1:27 left to even the score before Thompson was fouled in the act of shooting with 49.6 seconds on the clock. The senior calmly drained both free throws to give the Mount a 64-62 lead.
Albany's Gerardo Suero countered with a traditional three-point play with 38.7 seconds left to give the Great Danes (8-6) a 65-64 lead. Suero drove to the basket and converted a shot while drawing the foul. Suero sank the free throw to give his team the one-point lead.
The Mount (2-11) had two chances to earn the win in the final seconds. Norfleet took a contested three-pointer with four seconds remaining, but the Mount got the ball back when Albany was last to touch it before it went out of bounds. On the baseline inbounds play with 1.5 seconds remaining, Norfleet got free in the left corner for a long three-point attempt, but it too was off the mark and Albany escaped with the one-point victory.
Norfleet led the Mount with 15 points and six rebounds while Thompson added 14 points, six rebounds and six blocks in the loss. Raven Barber chipped in 11 points and seven boards off the bench for the Mountaineers.
Suero scored 18 of his game-high 28 points in the second half, including three traditional three-point plays in the final 4:36 of the game. Suero added 10 rebounds in the game while also going 10-for-10 at the foul line. Aronhalt added 15 points and five rebounds while Luke Devlin finished with 11 points for Albany.
Mount St. Mary's shot 45.3 percent in the game and was 7-for-22 (.318) from three-point range. Albany was held to 36.8 percent shooting, but was 21-for-23 (91.3 percent) at the charity stripe.
The Mount shot 51.6 percent from the field to grab a 36-29 halftime advantage. A 14-to-5 spurt broke an early 10-10 deadlock as the Mount grabbed a 24-15 lead. Five different plays scored in the run that was capped by Kristijan Krajina's three-pointer from the right corner.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Thursday, January 5, with a 7:00 p.m. game at Northeast Conference rival Monmouth.
Game Notes: This was the Mount's final non-conference game of the year...Mount St. Mary's finished with a 2-9 non-conference record...Albany has won both all-time meetings between the schools...Thompson has 12 blocks in two games against schools from Albany, N.Y....He also had six blocks against Siena earlier this season.