West Long Branch, N.J. (January 5, 2012)—Mount St. Mary's lost at Monmouth, 73-59, in Northeast Conference action on Thursday night. Sophomore Julian Norfleet paced the Mount with 20 points while Danny Thompson added 15 points and 11 rebounds for his third career double-double.
The Hawks (3-12, 1-2 NEC) scored the first eight points of the second half to break the game open, taking a 43-31 lead with 17:41 remaining.
The Mount whittled the lead down to 48-43 on a Norfleet three-pointer, but Monmouth answered by scoring the next eight points to take control. Mike Myers Keitt started the run with a traditional three-point play on the fast break and Dion Nesmith finished it with a three-pointer from the wing.
Norfleet finished the game with 20 points, five rebounds and three steals. It was his second 20-point game of the year and third of his career. Thompson added 15 points, 11 rebounds and three steals while Kelvin Parker chipped in eight points, five rebounds and three assists.
Josh Castellanos dished out eight assists for the Mount (2-12, 0-3 NEC) with Kristijan Krajina chipping in six points and a career high eight rebounds. The Mount played without second-leading scorer Raven Barber, who sat out due to an injury.
Marcus Ware led Monmouth with 15 points with Myers Keitt added 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Monmouth shot 53.7 percent in the game and had a 42-28 advantage in points in the paint. The Mount shot 39.3 percent overall, including 8-of-27 (.296) in the second half.
Mount St. Mary's came out strong in the first half, grabbing a 15-to-9 lead behind six points and five rebounds from Krajina in the opening six and a half minutes.
The Mount held a 24-18 lead after a Wells basket, but Monmouth went on a 16-to-3 run to grab a 34-27 advantage with 2:42 left in the half.
Mount St. Mary's answered with baskets from Ja'Colby Wells and Thompson in the final two minutes to cut the deficit to 35-31 at the break.
Monmouth shot 64.0 percent (16-of-25) in the opening half while the Mount converted 14-of-29 (.483) of its shots. Mount St. Mary's had at 16-to-11 edge on the boards in the half while dishing out 12 assists on the team's 14 baskets.
Mount St. Mary's heads to Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday afternoon with tip-off slated for 2:00 p.m.
Game Notes…The Mount has a 30-22 advantage in the all-time series…The loss snapped a six-game win streak in the series for Mount St. Mary's.