January 25, 2012

Mountaineers Continue Road Swing at Quinnipiac on Thursday Night

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-15, 2-6 NEC) at QUINNIPIAC (10-9, 3-5 NEC)
Thursday, January 26, 7:00 p.m.
Hamden, Conn. * TD Bank Sports Center

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Mount St. Mary's continues its four-game road swing at Quinnipiac on Thursday night in a rematch of last year's Northeast Conference Quarterfinal game.  The Mount is coming off a 79-60 loss at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday afternoon.

The Mount holds a 13-12 lead in the all-time series with Quinnipiac, including a 78-59 loss to the Bobcats in last year's NEC quarterfinals.  

Julian Norfleet led four Mount players in double figures with 14 points in the loss at St. Francis (N.Y.).  Freshman Xavier Owens chipped in a career high 11 points off the bench while Josh Castellanos and Chad Holley added 10 points each in the game.  The Terriers shot a sizzling 55.3 percent in the victory.

Norfleet, who is averaging 14.1 points over  the past seven games, is the Mount's top scorer at 12.1 points per game.  Danny Thompson chips in 8.9 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds while Raven Barber is averaging 8.8 points on the year.  The Mount defense has been solid this year, allowing 67.1 points per game while leading the NEC in three-point field goal defense (.307).

Quinnipiac enters the game 10-9 overall and 3-5 in the NEC after a 78-71 overtime victory at Bryant last Saturday.  James Johnson led the Bobcats with 23 points while Ike Azotam and Dave Johnson added 19 and 18, respectively.  Quinnipiac is 5-2 at home this year, but is 1-2 at home against NEC opponents.

Johnson leads the Bobcats in scoring at 17.7 points per game while Azotam is averaging 16.2 points and an NEC-best 9.6 rebounds per game.  Quinnipiac is one of the top rebounding teams in the nation, averaging 43.8 rebounds per game while posting a rebound margin of +10.7.

The Mount concludes its four-game road trip at Sacred Heart on Saturday, January 28, with a 3:30 p.m. tip-off at the Pitt Center.  The Mountaineers will return home to face Saint Francis (Pa.) on Feb. 2, beginning a three-game homestand that also includes Robert Morris (Feb. 4) and Wagner (Feb. 8).