February 23, 2013

Julian Norfleet's Big Game Leads Mount St. Mary's Past St. Francis Brooklyn, 73-65

Emmitsburg, Md. (February 23, 2013)--Julian Norfleet scored a career-high 25 points to lead Mount St. Mary's past visiting St. Francis Brooklyn, 73-65, on Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena.  The win stretched the Mount's win streak to a season-high five games.

Norfleet scored 14 of his 25 points in the first half to pace the Mount (14-13, 9-7 NEC) to a 39-32 lead at the half.  In the second half, he came up with a big play every time the Terriers (11-16, 7-9 NEC) made a run.

After St. Francis Brooklyn cut a 10-point second-half deficit to 53-49 with 10:14 left, the Mount countered with a 7-0 run.  Norfleet started that run with a pair of free throws. 

The Terriers cut the deficit to 60-56 with 5:56 left, but Norfleet countered with a bucket in the paint to push the lead back to six.  On the next possession, Ben Mockford drained a three-pointer to make it 62-59 with 3:34 left, but Norfleet again came up with a big play on the next possession, sinking a pair of free throws after drawing a foul on a drive to the basket to put the lead at 64-59 with 3:17 left.

St. Francis Brooklyn missed a three-pointer on the next possession, and the Mount converted 9-of-10 at the foul line over the final three minutes to seal the victory.

Norfleet was 8-for-17 from the field, 3-of-8 from three-point range, and 6-of-7 at the line for his career high 25 points.  It was his third 20-point game of the year, and the 10th of his career.

Senior Raven Barber, making his final regular season appearance at Knott Arena, added 10 points and four rebounds in the win.  Freshman Shivaughn Wiggins chipped in 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.

Mockford led all scorers with 29 points for St. Francis Brooklyn, going 6-of-9 from three-point range.  He scored the final eight points of the first half, cutting a 15-point Mount lead to 39-32 at the half.

Senior walk-on Oliver Brown started for the Mountaineers, and came through by converting a drive to the basket for the first basket of the game.

The five-game win streak is the longest by the Mountaineers since an 11-game win streak late in the 2009-10 season.

The Mount is back in action on Thursday, February 28, with a 7:00 p.m. game at Monmouth.