February 16, 2012

Kelvin Parker's Career High 21 Points Paces Mount St. Mary's Past Fairleigh Dickinson, 77-63

Emmitsburg, Md. (February 16, 2012)--Freshman walk-on Kelvin Parker (York, Pa./William Penn) posted career highs of 21 points, nine rebounds and five steals to lead Mount St. Mary's past Fairleigh Dickinson, 77-63, on Thursday night at Knott Arena.

The Mount (7-19, 5-10 NEC) went on a 30-to-6 first-half run, including 16 consecutive points to start the scoring streak, to take control of the game en route to the victory.  With the score tied at 11-11, Julian Norfleet (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) and Parker hit back-to-back three-pointers to start the run.

Raven Barber (Edgewood, Md./Paul VI [Va.]) converted a traditional three-point play and a tip-in, Parker another three-pointer and Josh Castellanos (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep) a lay-up to stretch the lead to 27-11.

The Mount capped the spurt on a Parker three-pointer, the Mount's eighth in the first half, to make the score 41-17.  The Mount went to the locker room with a 43-24 lead at the break.

The Mountaineers were never threatened in the second half, leading by as many as 27 points (62-35) with 10:55 left in the game.

Parker finished the game 7-for-12 from the field and 5-for-8 from three-point range in the win.  Norfleet, who hit four three-pointers in the opening six minutes, finished with 17 points and three assists in the victory.  Castellanos added 14 points and six assists with Barber adding 13 points off the bench.

Melquan Bolding led Fairleigh Dickinson (2-24, 1-14 NEC) with 20 points while George Goode and Ayotunde Oyeniyi added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The Mount shot 45.0 percent in the game while hitting a season-high 12 three-point field goals, finishing 12-for-28 (.429) from beyond the arc.  The Mountaineers held a 33-to-27 advantage on the boards while committing 12 turnovers in the game.

With the victory, the Mount moves two games back of the final playoff spot in the NEC Tournament with three games to play.

Mount St. Mary's hosts Monmouth on Saturday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m. at Knott Arena.  The Mount will be honoring the 1962 National Championship team, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, at the game.  In addition, senior Danny Thompson (Springdale, Md./C.H. Flowers) will be honored prior to the game.

Game Notes:  Acting head coach Matt Henry earned the win in his first career game as a head coach...The Mount has won seven in a row against the Knights.