Mount St. Mary's Defeats Monmouth, 71-59, to Even NEC Record

Emmitsburg, Md. (January 5, 2013)--Four players scored in double figures to lead Mount St. Mary's past visiting Monmouth, 71-59, on Saturday night at Knott Arena.  Sam Prescott and Kristijan Krajina each scored 15 while Julian Norfleet and Kelvin Parker added 11 points each in the victory.

A 14-to-5 run midway through the second half sparked the Mountaineers to the victory.  After Monmouth (5-10, 0-2 NEC) went on an 8-0 run to cut the Mount lead to 46-45, Raven Barber scored a pair of buckets on Kelvin Parker assists while he assisted on a Julian Norfleet three-pointer to put the Mount ahead 53-47.

Leading 55-50 with 6:40 left, Rashad Whack drained a three-pointer from the right corner off a kick-out pass from Norfleet to push the Mount advantage to eight.  On the next possession, Whack came up with a steal and flipped a lead pass to Parker for a lay-up to push the margin to double figures. 

After another defensive stop, Krajina scored on a low-post move to make the score 62-50 with 4:27 on the clock.  The Mount led by double figures the rest of the way to close out the win.

Krajina, who is averaging 15.0 points over the past three games, was 6-for-8 from the field for his 15 points.  He added five rebounds and a pair of assists for the Mount in the win.  Krajina is now shooting 71.2 percent from the field this season.

Norfleet added with 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists while Whack chipped in nine points and eight boards in the victory.   Parker finished with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in his best game of the season.  Parker came into the game with 12 points on the season.

Andrew Nicholas led Monmouth with 19 points and seven rebounds while Stephen Spinella chipped in 12 points and five boards.

The Mount held Monmouth to 37.5 percent from the field while holding a 38-to-33 advantage on the boards in the game.  On the offensive end, Mount St. Mary's shot 49.1 percent overall and was 7-for-17 (.412) from three-point range.

In the first half, Prescott scored 11 of his 15 points to pace the Mount to a 31-25 lead at the intermission.  He hit three three-pointers in the opening half, and dished off a pass to Krajina at the close of the half to give the Mount a six-point lead at the break.

Mount St. Mary's now heads on the road for the next four games, beginning at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Thursday, January 10, at 7:00 p.m.