January 26, 2012

Mount Falls Short in 69-66 Overtime Loss at Quinnipiac

Hamden, Conn. (January 26, 2012)—Julian Norfleet's three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark as Mount St. Mary's fell at Quinnipiac, 69-66, in overtime at the TD Bank Sports Center on Thursday night.

The Bobcats (11-9, 4-5 NEC) rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to earn the victory.  Quinnipiac used a 22-to-6 run to open the second half and take a 50-49 advantage with just under nine minutes remaining.

From there, it was a nip-and-tuck game with the Mount getting clutch baskets down the stretch to even the score.  Kelvin Parker's steal and fast-break bucket tied the game at 57-57 with 3:08 left.

Ousmane Drane scored and Ike Azotam added a free throw for a 60-57 Quinnipiac lead, but Norfleet answered with a drive to cut the deficit to one with 1:50 left.

Dave Johnson hit 1-of-2 at the line with 13.4 second left in regulation to make the score 61-59, but Parker again came up big, hitting a shot in the lane with 2.4 seconds left to force overtime.

The Bobcats scored the first four points of the extra session, but baskets from Kristijan Krajina and Parker even the game at 65-65.

Quinnipiac took the lead on another Azotam basket, and Raven Barber hit 1-of-2 at the line on the other end for the Mount to cut the deficit to 67-66.  Quinnipiac's Drane scored on a putback with 20.6 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Bobcats a 69-66 lead, setting up the final possession for the Mount.

The Mount (4-16, 2-7 NEC) called timeout with 5.6 seconds left, and ran a play for Norfleet, who got a three-point attempt from the top of the key, but his shot was off the mark, and Quinnipiac escaped with the win.

Norfleet scored 22 points to lead the Mount offense in the game while Parker matched a career high with 16 points while chipping in five rebounds and five assists.  Barber added 11 points and eight boards off the bench in the loss.

Azotam led the Bobcats with 20 points and nine rebounds with Drane finishing with 13 points and a game-high 15 boards.  James Johnson chipped in 15 points for Quinnipiac as well.

The Mount shot 44.2 percent in the game, but was 5-for-11 (.455) at the foul line.  Quinnipiac shot 38.2 percent from the field, but hit 14-of-22 (.636) at the line in the win.

In the opening half, the Bobcats scored the first point of the game on a free throw, but the Mount rattled off 11 consecutive points to take an 11-1 lead.  Norfleet scored six points in the run that was capped by a Parker three-pointer from the right corner.

Norfleet remained hot, hitting a pair of three-pointers as the Mount led 21-15 midway through the half.  The Bobcats cut the deficit to 25-24 on an Azotam bucket with 5:45 left in the half, but the Mount countered with an 18-to-4 spurt to grab a 15-point halftime lead.

Barber started the surge with a pair of free throws, Castellanos and Krajina added back-to-back baskets, and Parker hit a three-pointer for a 34-25 Mount advantage.  Krajina scored on a nice backdoor feed from Parker to extend the lead to 11.

A Josh Castellanos three-pointer from the left corner and a Norfleet fast-break basket rounded out the scoring in the half to push the Mount lead to 43-28.

Mount St. Mary's shot 51.5 percent (17-of-33) from the field and was 5-for-7 (71.4 percent) from three-point range in the opening half.  The Mount also held a 20-17 advantage on the boards, including 10 on the offensive glass.

Norfleet led the Mountaineers with 14 first-half points while Parker had eight points and four assists in the opening 20 minutes. 

Mount St. Mary's shot 51.5 percent (17-of-33) from the field and was 5-for-7 (71.4 percent) from three-point range in the opening half.  The Mount also held a 20-17 advantage on the boards, including 10 on the offensive glass.

Norfleet led the Mountaineers with 14 first-half points while Parker had eight points and four assists in the opening 20 minutes.  Castellanos chipped in seven points and six assists in the half.

The Mount concludes its four-game road trip on Saturday, January 28, with a 3:30 p.m. game at Sacred Heart.

Game Notes:  The all-time series is now tied, 13-13…This was a rematch of last year's Northeast Conference Quarterfinal game won by Quinnipiac, 78-59…Five of the past seven meetings in the series have been played at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.