February 21, 2013

Mount St. Mary's junior Sam Prescott Named ESPN Capital One Cup Impact Performer Of The Week

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Mount St. Mary's junior Sam Prescott won the ESPN Capital One Cup Impact Performance Of The Week.  Prescott won the award by capturing 50 percent of the vote, ahead of Ben McLemore (Kansas, 20 percent), Elston Turner (Texas A&M, 18 percent) and Allen Crabbe (California, 13 percent).

Prescott's career-high 44 points led Mount St. Mary's to an 84-70 win over Northeast Conference leader Bryant on Thursday night at Knott Arena.  The 44 points are the most by a Mount player since the school moved to NCAA Division I in 1988-89.

Prescott became just the fourth player in school history (104 seasons) to score 44 or more points in a game, joining Jack Sullivan (7 times), Dave Maloney and Mike Tate.  The last Mountaineer to reach 44 points was Tate against Kutztown State on Nov. 24, 1987.

Chris McGuthrie held the previous Mount record for points in a game at the NCAA Division I level.  McGuthrie scored 41 points in an 80-69 win over Robert Morris on Feb. 19, 1996

Prescott was 10-of-14 from three-point range in the victory, tying the school record for three-pointers made.  Scott Murphy made 10 three-pointers in both 1989 (vs. Wright State) and 1991 (vs. Wagner).

Prescott scored eight points during a 16-to-5 run that gave the Mount a 31-21 advantage with 8:19 left in the first half.  After Bryant cut the deficit to 31-26, Prescott tallied 10 of the Mount's final 11 points of the half to for a 42-28 lead at the break.

In the opening half, Prescott scored 28 points on 11-for-14 from the field and 6-of-8 from three-point range.

Prescott was 16-of-24 from the field, 10-of-14 from three-point range and 2-of-2 at the line for his 44 points.  He added six rebounds and a pair of assists in 33 minutes in the game.  Parker added 19 points and six rebounds for the Mount, hitting 5-of-7 from three-point range.