January 19, 2012

Mountaineers Fall at NEC Leader Long Island

New York, N.Y. (January 19, 2012)—Mount St. Mary's lost at LIU Brooklyn, 77-62, on Thursday night at the Wellness Center.  Danny Thompson paced the Mount with 20 points in the game.

LIU Brooklyn (13-6, 7-0 NEC) took control of the game early as Jamal Olasewere scored the first six points.  After a Raven Barber basket got the Mount on the scoreboard, LIU scored nine in a row to extend the lead to 15-2 five minutes into the first half.

The Blackbirds advanced the lead to 33-15, but the Mount (4-14, 2-5 NEC) used a 9-to-3 run to cut the gap to 36-24 on a Kristijan Krajina drive with just under a minute left in the half.  LIU, however, got a Jason Brickman three-pointer to make the score 39-24 at the half.

The Mount held LIU to 37.8 percent shooting in the opening half, but the Blackbirds had 11 second-chance points and 14 points off turnovers. 

The Mountaineers opened the second half with a 10-4 run to cut the gap to 43-34 on a Julian Norfleet basket.  After LIU got the lead back to double figures, Thompson scored eight straight points for the Mount to cut the gap to 54-44 with 11:26 left in the game.

LIU Brooklyn responded by scoring the next five points and went on to the victory.

Thompson hit 9-of-11 from the field en route to his 20-point effort.  Josh Castellanos added 10 points and five assists while Krajina had nine points and five boards in the loss.

Olasewere finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Blackbirds while Brickman chipped in 17 points and four assists.  C.J. Garner added 16 points for LIU as well.

The Mount shot 47.3 percent from the field in the game, but committed 19 turnovers.  LIU had 20 second-chance points off of 18 offensive rebounds in the contest.

The Mount continues its four-game road swing at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m.

Game Notes:  LIU Brooklyn holds a 25-22 lead in the all-time series and has won four straight against the Mount…The Mount's last win at LIU was an 80-66 victory on Jan. 26, 2008…Thompson had 21 points against LIU earlier this season…Julian Norfleet was held to seven points, snapping his streak of six consecutive games in double figures.