February 25, 2012

Kelvin Parker's First Career Double-Double Lifts Mount St. Mary's Past Bryant, 71-62

Smithfield, R.I. (February 25, 2012)—Freshman Kelvin Parker's first career double-double paced Mount St. Mary's to a 71-62 victory at Bryant in the final game of the season.  Parker scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half to lead the team to the win.

With the score tied at 51-51, Ja'Colby Wells scored in the lane to give the Mount a two-point lead.  Julian Norfleet then banked in a jumper in the lane on a backdoor cut for a 55-51 Mount advantage.  After a pair of Frankie Dobbs free throws, Parker drilled a three-pointer with 5:24 left to stretch the advantage to 61-55.

Parker then added back-to-back buckets, one on a fast-break lay-up and another on a backdoor dunk, to give the Mount a 63-56 lead.  After Bryant's Alex Francis hit a three-pointer, Josh Castellanos scored on a drive in the lane with 1:27 on the clock for a 65-59 lead.  From there, the Mount hit enough free throws to pull away for the nine-point victory.

Parker finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and four steals for the Mountaineers (8-21, 6-12 NEC) while Castellanos just missed on a double-double with nine points and nine assists.  Norfleet finished with 12 points and six boards with Wells adding a career high eight points off the bench.  Xavier Owens added nine points and five boards and  Raven Barber chipped in eight points as well as all nine players who played for the Mount scored in the game.

Francis led Bryant with 20 points and 10 boards while Dobbs chipped in 17 points and five assists in the loss.

In a nip-and-tuck first half, the Mount went to the locker room with a 30-29 advantage after Castellanos hit a pair of free throws with 1.0 seconds left in the half.   The half featured 10 lead changes and eight ties.

Norfleet led the Mount with six points in the opening half while Castellanos finished the half with five points, five assists and four boards.

The Mount shot 40.7 percent from the floor while holding Bryant to 32.3 percent shooting in the opening half.  Bryant was 3-for-17 from three-point range in the half.

Mount St. Mary's finished the season 8-21 overall and in ninth place in the Northeast Conference standings with a 6-12 league record.  It is the first time since the 2004-05 season the Mount has missed out on the NEC Tournament.