February 10, 2012

Mount Men's Basketball Heads to Wagner for Rivalry Week Rematch

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (6-18, 4-9 NEC) at WAGNER (20-4, 11-2 NEC)
Saturday, February 11, 2012, 7 p.m.
Spiro Sports Center, Staten Island, N.Y.

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The Mount and Wagner meet for the second time in four days with a rematch of Wednesday's 59-44 Wagner victory at Knott Arena.  The game is the back end of a home-and-home series that is part of the Northeast Conference's Rivalry Week.

Trailing 30-19 at the half, the Mount cut the deficit to 36-29 on a pair of Julian Norfleet free throws.  Wagner scored the next five points, but Norfleet nailed a three-pointer to cut the gap to 41-32 with 9:33 left in the game.       

The Mount then had three chances to cut into the deficit, but missed three pointers on each occasion.  The Seahawks then rattled off an 11-0 run to take a 52-32 lead and seal the victory.

Norfleet hit 6-of-14 from the field and was 4-for-10 from three-point range for his 18-point night.  He has scored in double figures in 12 of the Mount's past 13 contests.  Freshman Kelvin Parker, the reigning NEC Rookie of the Week, added 11 points and four rebounds in the game while Kristijan Krajina recorded nine points and six boards.

Jonathon Williams and Tyler Murray each scored 14 points to lead Wagner in the win.  The Seahawks forced 21 turnovers while holding the Mount to 32.7 percent shooting in the game.

Norfleet leads the Mount this season in scoring at 13.3 points per game while Parker is second on the team at 8.8 points per game.  Norfleet is 54-for-146 (.370) from three-point range while Parker is 33-for-93 (.355) from beyond the arc.

Wagner's Latif Rivers is the team's top scorer at 14.7 points per game while Williams (12.7) and Murray (12.4) are also in double figures.  Murray, who was 4-for-8 from three-point range against the Mount on Wednesday, is shooting 52.2 percent (59-for-113) from three-point range this year. The Seahawks are the top defensive team in the NEC, holding the opposition to 62.5 points per game and 39.8 percent shooting.

The Mount returns to Knott Arena on Thursday against Fairleigh Dickinson at 7:00 p.m.  The Mount then hosts Monmouth on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the final home game of the regular season.