Mount St. Mary's Edged by Robert Morris, 67-62
Emmitsburg, Md. (February 4, 2012)--Mount St. Mary's was edged by visiting Robert Morris, 67-62, at Knott Arena on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Julian Norfleet tied a career high with 23 points to pace the Mountaineers in the game.
In a back-and-forth second half, Robert Morris closed the game by scoring eight of the final 11 points to earn the five-point win. With the score tied at 59-59, Robert Morris forward Lijah Thompson scored in the lane with 1:36 left. On the Mount's next possession, Josh Castellanos' drive to the basket was off the mark, giving the Colonials the ball back.
Anthony Myers then hit four consecutive free throws to push the lead to 65-59 before Kelvin Parker drained a three-pointer from the left wing to make it 65-62 with 13 seconds left. The Mount fouled Velton Jones and he hit both free throws to seal the game.
The Mount (6-17, 4-8 NEC) rallied from a 56-48 deficit to even the score at 59-59 with 2:47 left on a Danny Thompson tip-in. Norfleet started the 11-to-3 run with back-to-back three-pointers to cut the deficit to 56-54. After Lucky Jones hit a jumper for the Colonials, Thompson hit a free throw and Kelvin Parker a fast-break dunk ahead of Thompson's tip that evened the score.
After Robert Morris (17-8, 8-4 NEC) opened the second half on a 13-to-2 run take a 41-35 lead, the Mount countered with a 13-to-4 run of its own to regain the lead at 48-45. The Mount hit 10-of-12 at the foul line during that streak.
Norfleet was 6-for-15 from the field and 8-for-9 at the line en route to the 23-point effort, his fourth career 20-point game. He added five rebounds, three steals and two assists in the loss. Parker, coming off a career-high 20-point effort in Thursday's win over Saint Francis (Pa.), added 17 points for the Mountaineers.
Lucky Jones led Robert Morris with 17 points and eight boards while Myers finished with 15 points, four rebounds and four assists. The Colonials held a commanding 34-to-21 edge on the boards while shooting 53.3 percent from the field. The Mount shot 39.1 percent in the game, but was 20-for-26 (.769) at the foul line.
The Mountaineers used an 18-to-4 run in the first half to take its biggest lead at 32-19 with 3:34 left in the opening half. Norfleet scored 10 points in the run that was capped by a Parker bank-shot three-pointer.
The Mount returns to action on Wednesday, February 8, when Wagner visits Knott Arena for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.
Game Notes: Robert Morris holds a 27-25 lead in the all-time series...That was the 18th meeting since the start of the 2005-06 between the two teams with Robert Morris winning 13 of the 18 contests...The crowd was a season-high 2,003 for the Mount, which was celebrating its Winter Homecoming.