Men's Basketball Returns Home to Face Saint Francis (Pa.) on Thursday Night

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-16, 3-7 NEC) vs. SAINT FRANCIS (Pa.) (5-16, 4-6 NEC)
Thursday, February 2, 2012, 7 pm, Knott Arena, Emmitsburg, Md.

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Mount St. Mary's, coming off a thrilling 81-80 double-overtime win over Sacred Heart on Saturday, returns home to face Saint Francis (Pa.) on Thursday night at Knott Arena.

Josh Castellanos scored a career high 19 points, including the game-winning free throws with 6.8 seconds left, in the win at Sacred Heart.  Danny Thompson added 13 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals, including a monster jam three-point play with 51 seconds left that cut the Mount's deficit to 80-79.

Julian Norfleet chipped in 16 points, Kelvin Parker 11 and Raven Barber 10 in the win as well as the Mount had five players reach double figures in the same game for the second time this season.

Norfleet paces the Mount in scoring at 12.7 points per game while Barber (8.9), Thompson (8.7), Castellanos (8.4) and Parker (7.8) round out a balanced scoring attack.  Thompson is the Mount's top rebounder at 7.8 per game.  The Mountaineers are averaging 73.5 points while hitting 40.6 percent from three-point range over the past two games.  For the year, the Mount is averaging 59.2 points and is shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Saint Francis (Pa.) lost to LIU Brooklyn, 97-76, at home on Saturday night to fall to 5-16 overall and 4-6 in NEC play.  Ollie Jackson led the Red Flash with 24 points while Scott Eatherton chipped 18 points and six rebounds.  Eatherton paces Saint Francis in both scoring (15.3) and rebounding (7.1) while leading the NEC in field goal percentage (.649).  Anthony Ervin is averaging 11.1 points with Jackson chipping in 6.9 per game.

Entering the final month of the regular season, the Mount is currently in 10th place in the Northeast Conference with a 3-7 league record, one-game behind four teams that are tied for sixth in the standings.   The top eight qualify for the NEC Tournament.

The Mount has five of its next six games at home, including a three-game stretch against Saint Francis (Pa.), Robert Morris (Feb. 4) and Wagner (Feb. 8).  Mount St. Mary's is 23-8 over its past 31 home NEC games, but is 1-3 this season against NEC foes at Knott Arena.