MOUNT ST. MARY'S (0-2) at BRIGHAM YOUNG (2-0)
Friday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. (MT)
Provo, Utah | Marriott Center
TV: BYU-TV (Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Spencer Linton)
- Mount St. Mary's fell to 0-2 on the season with a 90-59 loss at Villanova on Wednesday night. The Mountaineers took an early 8-7 lead on a Julian Norfleet three-point play, but Villanova scored the next 16 points to take control of the game. Norfleet finished with a team-high 15 points and four assists while Philadelphia native Sam Prescott chipped in 13 points. The Mount struggled from the field, hitting just 29.8 percent, including 29.6 percent (8-of-27) from beyond the arc.
- The Mount was picked to finish in sixth place in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. Wagner was tabbed as the league favorite by the league's coaches, followed by Robert Morris, Bryant, LIU Brooklyn, Central Connecticut State, the Mount, St. Francis Brooklyn, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis U and Fairleigh Dickinson.
- This will be the first-ever meeting between the Mount and Brigham Young. In fact, it is just the second game all-time against a team from the state of Utah for the Mountaineers. Mount St. Mary's lost to Weber State, 81-73, in the opening round of the Super Chevy Shootout hosted by the University of Iowa on Dec. 5, 1997.
- Head coach Jamion Christian refers to his team's style of play as Mayhem. Mayhem features a pressing defense and an offense reliant on the three-point shot. Last season, the Mount was in the top 25 in the nation in defensive turnover percentage (23.9 percent) while setting school records for both three-pointers made (274) and attempted (811). This season, the Mount is averaging 24.0 three-point attempts per game, but has connected on just 15 for a percentage of 31.3 percent.
- This Mount continues its season-opening five-game road trip at UMBC on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.
About Brigham Young: BYU is 2-0 this season and is coming off a 112-103 victory against Stanford. Tyler Haws tallied 31 points while Matt Carlino chipped in 26 in the win over the Cardinal. Six players scored in double figures in the game as BYU shot 53.5 percent from the field. Haws leads BYU in scoring at 29.5 points per game while Carlino is averaging 24.0 ppg. The Cougars are averaging 96.5 points over their first two games, shooting 49.0 percent overall and 45.8 percent from three-point range.