Mountaineers to Battle Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday Afternoon

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (2-12, 0-3 NEC) at FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON (1-12, 0-3 NEC)
Saturday, January 7, 2:00 p.m.
Teaneck, N.J., Stratis Arena

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Mount St. Mary's completes its two-game trip to New Jersey with a Saturday afternoon matchup at Fairleigh Dickinson.  The Mountaineers are coming off a 73-59 loss at Monmouth on Thursday night.

Sophomore Julian Norfleet poured in a game-high 20 points while Danny Thompson added 15 points and 11 rebounds for his third career double-double, but it was not enough in the loss at Monmouth.

The Hawks scored the first eight points of the second half to break open a four-point game.  Norfleet cut the deficit to 48-43 on a three-pointer, but the Hawks scored the next eight points to take control of the game.

It was the third career 20-point game for Norfleet, who leads the Mount in scoring at 11.8 points per game.  Thompson's double-double was his second of the season and third of his career.  He is averaging 8.4 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game.

The Mount is 0-3 in Northeast Conference play for the third time over the past four seasons.  The last two times the Mount opened 0-3, the team finished with a 12-6 conference record.  This is the eighth time overall the Mount has been 0-3 to start NEC play.  The Mount went on to a .500 or better record four of those times.

Fairleigh Dickinson lost to Wagner, 88-64, on Thursday night at home.  George Goode led the Knights with 23 points and nine rebounds in the game.  Wagner led 45-28 at the half and cruised to the win.

FDU has four players averaging in double figures, led by Melquan Bolding's 13.7 points per game.  Lonnie Hayes chips in 13.0 points per game while Goode (11.2) and Kinu Rochford (10.5) are also in double figures.  Goode leads the team with 7.2 rebounds per game while Rochford is averaging 7.0.

Fairleigh Dickinson has lost 10 games in a row since a 73-62 win over Saint Peter's on Nov. 18.

The Mount returns to Emmitsburg for a two-game homestand starting Thursday, Jan. 12, against Central Connecticut State.  The Mount will host Bryant on Jan. 14 before heading back on the road for four consecutive games.