January 11, 2012

Men's Basketball Hosts NEC Co-Leader Central Connecticut State on Thursday

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-12, 1-3 NEC) vs. CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE (7-7, 4-0 NEC)
Thursday, January 12, 7:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. | Knott Arena

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Mount St. Mary's returns to Knott Arena for its only two home games in the month of January beginning with a Thursday night tilt against Northeast Conference co-leader Central Connecticut State.

The Mount is coming off an impressive 66-45 win at Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday afternoon.  Danny Thompson and Julian Norfleet each scored 14 points to lead the Mount to the win.  Mount St. Mary's used a 21-to-3 first-half run to take a commanding 30-10 first-half lead, before heading to the locker room with a 42-22 advantage

Kristijan Krajina and Josh Castellanos hit back-to-back three-pointers to start the second half to give Mount St. Mary's its biggest lead of the game, 48-22.

The Mount held Fairleigh Dickinson to 45 points and 29.3 percent shooting in the game.  It was the third time over the past five games that the Mount has held the opposition to 45 points or less.  Over that five-game stretch, the Mount is holding the opposition to 54.0 points per game, 37.4 percent shooting from the field and 16.4 percent shooting from three-point range.

The game will feature a contrast of styles as Central Connecticut State is third in the NEC in scoring at 74.1 points per game while the Mount is third in scoring defense at 65.9 points per game.

The Blue Devils are off to a 4-0 start in NEC play after Saturday's impressive 68-53 home win over Robert Morris.  Robby Ptacek led the way with 24 points while Ken Horton (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Kyle Vinales (18 points, five assists) also were key performers in the victory.  Horton, Vinales and Ptacek form the highest-scoring trio in the nation as the three combine for 59.4 points per game.  Horton leads the NEC in scoring at 21.0 ppg while chipping in 9.6 rebounds per contest.  Vinales, a freshman, is averaging 19.5 points while hitting 41-of-101 (.406) from three-point range.  Ptacek is averaging 18.9 points per game while hitting 60-of-65 (.923) at the charity stripe.

The Mount will host Bryant on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. before heading back on the road for a four-game road trip that includes games at LIU Brooklyn, St. Francis (N.Y.), Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac.