Washington, D.C. (November 15, 2012)—Mount St. Mary's was edged by American, 62-57, on Thursday night at Bender Arena. The Eagles scored the final five points of the game at the foul line to earn the victory.
Junior Josh Castellanos hit a runner in the lane with 20.4 seconds left to tie the score at 57-57. On the ensuing possession, Daniel Munoz was fouled with 12.5 seconds on the clock, and he calmly sank both shots for a two-point lead.
The Mount then turned the ball over and had to foul Munoz with 4.1 seconds on the clock. Munoz sealed the win with a pair of free throws. Stephen Lumpkins added the final point on a free throw with 1.9 seconds remaining.
The Mount (1-2) used an 8-0 run to take a 50-47 advantage with 6:10 left. Sam Prescott hit a three-pointer and Rashad Whack followed with a steal and a fast-break bucket to even the score. Xavier Owens broke the tie with a three-pointer.
American responded with a 9-0 spurt to take a 56-50 lead with 2:07 left before the Mount rallied to even the score. Norfleet hit a three-pointer cut the deficit in half. After a Jesse Reed free throw, Kristijan Krajina hit a shot in the lane to make it 57-55. American missed on its next possession, setting up Castellanos for his game-tying runner.
Norfleet led the Mount with 14 points while Whack chipped in 10 points and four steals. Prescott had nine points and six boards with Castellanos finishing with six points and six assists.
Lumpkin led American with 21 points and 11 boards with Mike Bersch hitting five three-pointers for all 15 of his points.
The Mount forced 23 American (2-1) turnovers, but was outrebounded 34-19 in the contest. The Mount shot 40.4 percent overall and was 10-for-29 (.345) from three-point range. American shot 50.0 percent and was 20-of-25 (.800) at the foul line.
After American opened the game with six consecutive points, the Mount went on a 21-to-10 run to grab a five-point lead. The run was fueled by the Mount defense, which forced 16 first-half turnovers.
The Eagles, however, recovered with a 13-to-2 run before Norfleet drained a three-pointer for the Mountaineers to cut the deficit to 29-26 at the half.
The Mountaineers struggled from the field in the opening half, shooting 38.5 percent (10-for-26) while hitting just 4-of-14 (.286) three-pointers. American overcame its 16 first half turnovers by shooting 71.4 percent (10-of-14) and holding a 15-to-6 edge on the boards.
The Mount returns to action on Saturday, November 24, with a 12:00 p.m. game at Georgetown.
Game Notes: American leads the all-time series, 31-30…This is the eighth consecutive season the two teams have met…This is the first game of three in a row for the Mountaineers in Washington, D.C…Mount St. Mary's plays at Georgetown on Nov. 24 and at George Washington two days later.