Men's Basketball Visits NEC Leader LIU Brooklyn on Thursday Night
Mount St. Mary's begins at four-game road trip at Northeast Conference leading LIU Brooklyn on Thursday night. The Mount has won two of its past three games after a 64-60 win over Bryant on Saturday at Knott Arena.
The Mount rallied from a 10-point first-half deficit to earn the win against Bryant. Trailing 29-19 with 6:51 left in the opening half, the Mount used an 11-to-2 run to cut the deficit to 31-30 at the break.
The Mountaineers held a six-point second-half lead before Bryant evened the score at 56-56 with 3:51 left in the game. The Mount scored the next four points en route to the win.
Julian Norfleet led the Mount with 16 points while Raven Barber added 12 points and seven boards off the bench. Kelvin Parker chipped in 10 points with Josh Castellanos adding seven points and eight assists in the victory.
It was the Mount's first rally from a 10-point deficit since erasing a 14-point first-half deficit to Robert Morris on Feb. 27, 2010.
Norfleet, who has scored in double figures in each of the past six games, leads the Mount in scoring at 12.2 points per game. He is shooting 43.2 percent from three-point range over the past six games. Barber is second on the squad at 9.4 ppg while Danny Thompson is averaging 8.8 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game.
Long Island has won seven consecutive games to move to 12-6 overall and 6-0 in the NEC. The Blackbirds are coming off an impressive 106-86 win over Monmouth last Saturday. Julian Boyd poured in 28 points while Jamal Olasewere added 19 in the victory. LIU is the top-scoring team in the NEC at 79.6 points per game. Boyd paced the team with 16.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game while Olasewere is averaging 15.9 points and 7.4 boards. C.J. Garner (11.1) and Michael Culpo (10.1) are also in double figures while Jason Brickman has dished out a league-best 111 assists.
The Mount rounds out the rest of the road trip at St. Francis (N.Y.) (Jan. 21), Quinnipiac (Jan. 26) and Sacred Heart (Jan. 28).