January 23, 2013

Mount St. Mary's Men's Basketball Returns Home to Host Wagner on Thursday Night

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-10, 2-4 NEC) vs. WAGNER (9-8, 3-3 NEC)
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Knott Arena, Emmitsburg, Md.

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* The Mount defeated Central Connecticut State, 80-75, on Saturday to move to 7-10 overall and 2-4 in the Northeast Conference. Julian Norfleet and Xavier Owens paced the Mount with 18 points each.  Trailing 60-52 with nine minutes left, the Mountaineers rattled off 16 consecutive points to take an eight-point lead.  CCSU cut the Mount lead to 72-71, but Norfleet scored on a drive and hit a clutch three-pointer to send the Mount home with the win.

* The Mountaineers have scored 70 or more points in four of the past five games, averaging 71.4 points over that stretch.  It has been a balanced effort as seven players are averaging six or more points over that span.  The Mount is shooting 47.8 percent from the field over the past five games.

* This will be the 47th all-time meeting between Mount St. Mary's and Wagner with the Seahawks holding a 29-17 lead in the series.  Wagner has won the past three matchups and is 15-8 all-time at Knott Arena.

* Freshman Shivaughn Wiggins was named the Choice Hotels/Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday.  Wiggins averaged 16.0 points in the Mount's two games last week, including a career-high 20 points in the 79-78 overtime loss at NEC leader Bryant last Thursday.

* The Mount is glad to be back at Knott Arena, where the team is 4-1 this season.  Mount St. Mary's is 38-20 (.655) over its past 58 home games, and is 43-22 (.662) over its past 65 NEC home games.

Up Next:  The Mount heads back on the road to face Robert Morris on Saturday, January 26, at 7:00 p.m.