Emmitsburg, Md. (December 29, 2012)--Kristijan Krajina scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds to pace Mount St. Mary's to a 58-55 win over UMBC at Knott Arena. The Mountaineers improve to 3-0 at home this season with the victory.
The Mount used a 7-0 run early in the second half to take its biggest lead of the game, 39-31, with 14:30 remaining. Raven Barber capped the run with five consecutive points.
The Retrievers (2-11) answered with a 13-to-4 spurt to grab its only lead of the second half, 44-43, on a Joey Getz lay-up. Mount St. Mary's (5-6) responded with 9-to-2 run of its own to grab a 52-46 advantage. Taylor Danaher started the run with a turnaround jumper, Rashad Whack hit a pair of free throws, Krajina a jumper in the lane, and Xavier Owens a three-pointer from the right wing to give the Mount the six-point lead.
UMBC did not go away, tying the score on a pair of Brett Roseboro free throws with 1:35 left in the contest. On the next possession, Josh Castellanos was fouled, and he hit 1-of-2 at the line to put the Mount on top, 54-53. After a stop, Krajina hit a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left to give the Mount a 56-53 lead. Krajina had been 1-for-10 at the foul line on the year before those free throws.
Ryan Cook cut the Mount lead to 56-55 on a jumper with 12 seconds left, and Castellanos was fouled again with 10 seconds on the clock. The junior guard hit both free throws to put the Mount ahead, 58-55. UMBC's Brian Neller had his game-tying three-point attempt at the buzzer come up short.
Krajina was 6-for-10 from the field to post a team-high 14 points for the Mount in the win. The junior center also tied a career high with eight boards. Whack chipped in 11 points and four steals while Danaher, Julian Norfleet, Shivaughn Wiggins and Barber all finished with six points in the win.
Cook led UMBC with 12 points while Roseboro added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mount had 10 steals in the win while forcing UBMC into 19 turnovers in the game. The Mount was just 6-of-22 (.273) from three-point range in the win while the rebounds were tied at 27-27.
The Mountaineers finished non-conference play with a 5-6 record. The five wins are tied for the second-most non-conference wins for the Mount since joining NCAA Division I in 1988-89. The 1989-90 team went 6-6 in non-conference play.
Mount St. Mary's opens Northeast Conference play on Thursday, January 3, when Fairleigh Dickinson visits Knott Arena for a 7:00 p.m. game.
Game Notes: The Mount is now 29-18 all-time against UMBC...This was the first meeting between the teams since Feb. 11, 2003...The Mount is 3-0 at home for the first time since the 1998-99 team went 4-0 at home to start the season.