MONMOUTH (9-19, 7-8 NEC) at MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-19, 5-10 NEC)
Saturday, February 18, 2012, 7 p.m.
Knott Arena, Emmitsburg, Md.
Mount St. Mary's, coming off a 77-63 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday night, hosts Monmouth for a key Northeast Conference matchup at Knott Arena. Freshman Kelvin Parker tallied career highs of 21 points, nine rebounds and five steals to lead the Mount to the victory.
The Mount took control of the game with a 30-6 run that was kick-started by 16 consecutive Mount points. The Mountaineers hit a season-high 12 three-pointers in the game, including eight in the first half. Julian Norfleet chipped in 17 points, including four three-pointers in the opening 6:12 of the game. Josh Castellanos added 14 points and six assists with Raven Barber scoring 13 points in the win.
Norfleet leads the Mountaineers in scoring this season at 13.3 points per game while Parker is averaging 9.2 points. The Mount is 4-8 at home this season.
Monmouth fell to 9-19 overall and 7-8 in the Northeast Conference with a 74-67 loss at Wagner on Thursday. Dion Nesmith led five Hawk players in double figures with 13 points. Andrew Nicholas added 12 points off the bench in the game. Jesse Steele leads Monmouth in scoring (12.0) and assists (4.0) while Nesmith is averaging 8.3 points per game. Monmouth can clinch a spot in the NEC Tournament with a win over the Mount.
Monmouth downed the Mount, 73-59, on January 5, in the first meeting between the teams this year. Julian Norfleet led the Mount with 20 points while Danny Thompson added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Marcus Ware paced the Hawks with 15 points while Mike Myers-Keitt chipped in 13 points and seven boards in the victory.
The Mountaineers are two games out of the final NEC playoff spot with three games to play. The Mount (5-10) trails Sacred Heart and Monmouth, who are tied for seventh with 7-8 league marks. The top eight teams in the NEC regular season advanced to the NEC Tournament.
Mount St. Mary's closes out the regular season with a pair of road games next week, traveling to Central Connecticut State on Thursday and Bryant on Saturday.