July 10, 2012

Top Moment No. 14: Men’s Basketball Nearly Pulls Off Upset Against Maryland

EMMITSBURG, Md. – The Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team has stunned one Atlantic Coast Conference team in program history. The squad nearly shocked another ACC school when it went down to the wire against Maryland in a 77-74 loss on Dec. 7 to layup into our No. 14 Moment in our Top-20 Moments Countdown.

The Mount beat Stephon Marbury and his Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 71-69 on Dec. 18, 1995. The win is arguably the Mountaineers best win since moving to Division I after the squad defeated the 21st-ranked team in the country.  Maryland may not have been ranked on that December night, but beating another BCS school could have been the team's biggest win since upsetting Georgia Tech 16 years earlier.

Maryland jumped out to a 16-point lead with 40 seconds remaining in the first half and went into the locker room with a 45-32 advantage. The Terrapins maintained a 12-point margin with 13:12 left before the Mountaineers went on a 15-1 run over the next five minutes and 22 to take a 61-59 edge with 7:50 on the clock.

Julian Norfleet (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) started the run with a 3-pointer at 12:47 before Chad Holley (New York, N.Y./Blue Ridge School [Va.])drained a 3-ball of his own at 11:09. After Ashton Pankey momentarily halted the Mount run with a free throw at 9:53, Mount St. Mary's scored the next nine points to take its first lead of the night. Norfleet scored in the paint at 9:01 and then converted 1 of 2 free throws at 8:36. Raven Barber (Edgewood, Md./Paul VI [Va.]) then drained a jumper at 8:07 to tie the game at 59 before freshman Kelvin Parker (York, Pa./William Penn) knocked down two free throws to give the Mount a 61-59 edge.

The two teams a would then trade baskets with James Padgett and Parker each hitting a basket to maintain the one-point lead for the Mountaineers.  Nick Faust drilled a 3-point at 6:35 to restore the lead for Maryland at 64-63, but senior Danny Thompson (Springdale, Md./C.H. Flowers) scored off the glass at 6:06 for a 65-64 margin.

Pankey then converted a traditional 3-point play at 5:12 only to see Josh Castellanos (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep) nail a trey to 3:50 to give Mount St. Mary's a one-point lead. Terrell Stoglin hit a jumper and Barber nailed down one of his own to give the Mount the lead for the final time at 70-69 with 2:53 left.

Stogllin scored consecutive baskets to give the Terrapins the lead for good. Castellanos made it a one-point game with a layup at 1:21 and Thompson slammed down a dunk with two seconds left, but the Mountaineers could get no closer as Maryland came away with a 77-74 victory.

Norfleet, who had the No. 5 Moment in last year's countdown, paced the Mount with 18 points. Castellanos added 15 points while Parker posted 14 points and Barber chipped in 12 points in the near upset.

Norfleet paced the team with 13.7 points per game while Barber was second on the squad with 9.2 points per game and Parker ranked third with 9.0 points per game. The Mount finished 8-21 overall and 6-12 in NEC play.

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Schedule Of Release For The 2011-12 Top-20 Moments Countdown
No. 20: One Ring Rules Them All - Men's Basketball Celebrates 50th Anniversary of 1961-62 National Championship
No. 19: Women's Soccer Stuns Eventual NEC Tournament Champions LIU In League Opener
No. 18: Mann Steals Top-Moment No. 18 With New Steals Mark Against Fairleigh Dickinson
No. 17: No Hung Juhring – Juhring Makes Mark In Javelin In Her First Season
No. 16: Healy Hammers Two-Run Walk-off Homer Against Georgetown
No. 15: Bernard Finishes Cross Country Career With Fourth-Straight All-NEC Selection
No. 14: Men's Basketball Nearly Pulls Off Upset Against Maryland
No. 13: Friday, July 13, 2012
No. 12: Monday, July 16, 2012
No. 11: Wednesday, July 18, 2012
No. 10: Friday, July 20, 2012
No. 9: Monday, July 23, 2012
No. 8: Wednesday, July 25, 2012
No. 7: Friday, July 27, 2012
No. 6: Monday, July 30, 2012
No. 5: Wednesday, August 1, 2012
No. 4: Friday, August 3, 2012
No. 3: Monday, August 6, 2012
No. 2: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
No. 1: Friday, August 10, 2012