Mount St. Mary's continues its four-game road trip at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday afternoon. The Mount is coming off a 77-62 loss at Northeast Conference leader LIU Brooklyn on Thursday night.
The Blackbirds stormed to a 15-2 lead over the first five minutes to take control of the game on Thursday. The Mountaineers, trailing by 15 at the half, used a 10-4 run to start the second half and cut the deficit to 43-34. It was 54-44 midway through the second half, but LIU Brooklyn went on an 18-to-6 run to seal the win.
Danny Thompson paced the Mount with 20 points and six rebounds while Josh Castellanos added 10 points and five assists. It was the second career 20-point game for Thompson with both coming against LIU Brooklyn this season. Thompson averaged 20.5 points in the two games against the Blackbirds this year.
Julian Norfleet, who had his streak of six consecutive games in double figures snapped at LIU, leads the Mount in scoring at 11.9 points per game. Thompson is averaging 9.4 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per contest. Castellanos leads the Mount with 71 assists.
St. Francis (N.Y.) lost at home to Wagner, 73-61, on Thursday to fall to 8-10 overall and 5-2 in the NEC. The Terriers led by 11 points with 3:42 left in the first half before Wagner went on a 32-11 scoring run to earn the victory. Stefan Perunicic led St. Francis with 16 points while Akeem Johnson chipped in 13 points and six boards off the bench.
Perunicic leads the Terriers in scoring at 13.3 points per game while Ben Mockford is averaging 11.3 points. The duo have combined for 100 three-pointers this season. Johnson adds 10.2 points while Jalen Cannon is averaging 8.0 points and a team-best 7.6 rebounds.
The Mount holds a 28-27 lead in the all-time series that dates back to 1922. St. Francis (N.Y.) has won four of the past five meetings, including a 64-54 victory at the Mount earlier this season. Mockford scored 19 points in that game to pace St. Francis while Kelvin Parker tallied 16 points and six rebounds for the Mountaineers.
The Mount will finish the road trip at Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart next week.