MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-16, 2-7 NEC) at SACRED HEART (10-12, 4-5 NEC)
Saturday, January 28, 2012, 3:30 p.m.
Pitt Center, Fairfield, Conn.
Mount St. Mary's ends its season-long four-game road trip with a Saturday afternoon matchup at Sacred Heart. The Mount is coming off a tough 69-66 overtime loss at Quinnipiac on Thursday night.
The Mountaineers used an early 11-0 run to take a 10-point lead early in the game at Quinnipiac. After the Bobcats rallied to cut the deficit to 25-24, the Mount closed the half with an 18-4 spurt to take a 43-28 lead at the break.
The Bobcats opened the second half with a 22-to-6 run to take a 50-49 lead and from there, the game was a tight affair. Each team made several key shots down the stretch with the Mount's Kelvin Parker converted a shot from the left block with 2.4 seconds left to force overtime.
In the extra session, Quinnipiac scored the first four points, but baskets from Krajina and Parker evened the score at 65-65. Quinnipiac was able to extend the lead with 69-66 on a putback with 20 seconds left. After a timeout with five seconds on the clock, the Mount got Norfleet a three-point shot from the top of the key, but it was off the mark and Quinnipiac escaped with the victory.
Norfleet is the Mount's lone player in double figures this season at 12.6 points per game. The sophomore guard is averaging 4.1 rebounds while he is second on the team with 49 assists. Raven Barber is averaging 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds as the Mount's sixth man.
The Pioneers are 10-12 overall and 4-5 in the NEC after a 73-54 home loss to Wagner on Thursday night. Shane Gibson, the NEC's leading scorer at 20.7 points per game, had 20 points and five rebounds in the loss to Wagner. Nick Greenbacker added 14 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Justin Swidowski, who has been out with an injury, is second on the team in scoring at 11.7 points while leading the Pioneers with 5.6 rebounds per game.
The Mount returns home to face Saint Francis (Pa.) on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7:00 p.m.