First Half Run Lifts Mount St. Mary's Past Fairleigh Dickinson, 66-45

Hackensack, N.J. (January 7, 2012)—Mount St. Mary's used a 21-to-3 first half run to take control of the game en route to a 66-45 win at Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday afternoon.  Danny Thompson and Julian Norfleet each scored 14 points in the victory.

Thompson finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists for the Mount (3-12, 1-3 NEC) while Norfleet added 14 points and three assists.  Josh Castellanos (11 points, three assists) and Kelvin Parker (10 points, five rebounds) also reached double figures in the win.

Mount St. Mary's held FDU (1-13, 0-4 NEC) to 29.3 percent (17-of-58) shooting in the game while converting 49.1 percent (26-of-53) from the field.

The Mountaineers took control of the game with a 21-to-3 first-half run.  Leading 11-7 after a pair of Parker free throws, Norfleet converted a traditional three-point and a three-point basket on the next two possessions to give the Mount a 17-7 lead with 13:24 left in the half.

The Mountaineers continued the surge, scoring nine points in a row for a 30-10 advantage.  From there, the Mount maintained the margin, holding a 42-22 advantage at the break.  The 42 first-half points were a season-high for the Mount.

The Mount shot lights out in the first half, hitting 58.6 percent (17-of-29) overall and 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from three-point range. In addition, the Mount held FDU to 32.1 percent shooting in the half.

Parker and Thompson each scored 10 points in the first half to pace the Mount while Norfleet added eight.

The Mount opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers from Kristijan Krajina and Castellanos to take its biggest lead of the game, 48-22.  From there, the Mount cruised to the victory.

Mount St. Mary's returns home to face Central Connecticut State on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Knott Arena.

Game Notes:  Fairleigh Dickinson leads the all-time series, 24-20…The Mount has won the past six matchups between the two teams...The 21-point victory was the Mount's largest on the road since a 69-42 win at Monmouth on Feb. 11, 2010.