February 9, 2013

Shivaughn Wiggins Paces Mount St. Mary's to 69-58 Win at Saint Francis (Pa.)

Loretto, Pa. (February 9, 2013)—Freshman Shivaughn Wiggins scored a career-high 22 points to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 69-58 win at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Saturday night.  The Mount improves to 10-13 overall and 5-7 in Northeast Conference play with the victory.

Mount St. Mary's, which led by 14 points at the half, stretch the margin to 57-36 with 10:28 left after four consecutive points from senior Raven Barber.  The Red Flash (2-21, 2-10 NEC) made things interesting by scoring the next 12 points to make the score 57-48 with 8:08 left in the game.

The Mount sealed the win with an 8-0 run to that pushed the advantage to 65-48 with 5:06 left in the game.  Julian Norfleet hit a pair of free throws to start the run, that was capped by four Wiggins charity tosses ahead of a basket by Norfleet. 

Wiggins was 5-for-9 from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range and 10-of-10 at the foul line for his career-high 22 points.  Barber added 12 points and five rebounds in the win while Rashad Whack scored all 11 of his points  in the second half for the Mountaineers.  Sam Prescott chipped in nine points and six boards while Norfleet stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a pair of blocks.

Ben Millaud-Meunier led Saint Francis with 15 points while Anthony Ervin chipped in 12.  The Mount scored 28 points off 19 Saint Francis turnovers in the game.

The Mountaineers took control of the game with 14 unanswered points in the first half.  Trailing 7-6 with 14:50 left, the Mount held the Red Flash off the scoreboard for the next 8:22 to take a 21-7 lead.

A pair of Prescott free throws started the streak ahead of a Wiggins three-pointer.  Barber sandwiched a pair of buckets around a Gregory Graves putback dunk to stretch the lead to 17-7.  Wiggins hit a pair of free throws and Taylor Danaher a hook shot to end the streak.

The Mount led by as many as 16 points in the first half before taking a 32-18 lead to the locker room.  Wiggins hit a pair of three pointers while going 6-for-6 at the foul line for 12 first-half points.  Barber added six points in the half, as the Mount forced the Red Flash into 12 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.

The Mount returns to action on Thursday, February 14, with a 7:00 p.m. home game against NEC leader Bryant.  It is the first game of a four-game homestand for the Mountaineers.

Game Notes:  The Mount has won six straight games against the Red Flash, and are 14-1 over the past 15 meetings between the two teams.