Mount Welcome Navy to Knott Arena on Monday Night
Mount St. Mary's and Navy meet for the 14th time on Monday night at Knott Arena. The Mountaineers are coming off a 70-61 victory over Florida A&M on Saturday.
The Mount (2-3) extended its homecourt win streak to 11 games with the win on Saturday. It matches the longest homecourt win streak since a 16-game stretch that spanned the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons.
Sophomore forward Raven Barber led the Mount with his first collegiate double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday afternoon. Barber is averaging 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds over the past two contests.
Junior guard Lamar Trice added career highs of 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the victory over the Rattlers. Trice has scored in double figures in each of the past four games. He is averaging 11.0 points and 6.2 rebounds on the year.
The Mount has been getting contributions from across the board on the offensive end as five players are averaging double figures over the past three games. Shawn Atupem (13.0), Barber (12.3), Julian Norfleet (12.3), Trice (12.3) and David Golladay (11.0) round out that group.
Navy is 2-6 on the year after an 89-81 overtime loss to Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday. Greg Brown scored 28 points in the loss while O.J. Avworo added 13 points and seven assists. Brown leads the Midshipmen in scoring at 14.4 points per game while Jordan Sugars is averaging 12.2 points per game.
Did You Know?...Senior Shawn Atupem will be playing his 100th career game for the Mount on Monday night. Atupem leads the team in scoring (13.4) and rebounding (6.8) while shooting 52.1 percent on the season. For his career, the 6-7 forward is 52nd all-time at the Mount with 842 career points and 70th with 327 career rebounds. His career field goal percentage of 52.7 percent is 17th on the Mount's all-time list.
Last Time Out...The Mount defeated Florida
A&M, 70-61, at Knott Arena on Saturday afternoon.
* The win moved the Mount to 2-0 on the year at Knott Arena and 22-3 over the past 25 home games.
* Raven Barber had 16 points and 10 boards for his first collegiate double-double with the win.
* A 21-10 second-half run allowed the Mount to take control of the game. Leading 35-32, the Mount run pushed the advantage to 56-42. The Mount led by as much as 17 points in the second half to earn the win.
Defending the Knott...The Mount has made Knott
Arena a difficult place for the opposition in recent years.
* Mount St. Mary's has won its past 11 games at Knott Arena, matching its longest homecourt win streak since the team won 16 in a row from 2004-06.
* Mount St. Mary's is 24-5 (.828 winning pct.) at home over the past two seasons. Last year, the Mount went 10-3 at home after posting a 12-2 mark at Knott Arena in 2008-09.
* The Mount has been even better in Northeast Conference play, posting a 16-2 mark over its past 18 NEC regular season home games. Including the playoffs, the Mount has won 19 of its past 21 home games against NEC opponents on Jim Phelan Court.
* The Mount has recorded a winning record at home in each of the past five seasons and has been .500 or better at home in 18 of the 23 seasons since Knott Arena opened.
* All-time, the Mount has a 171-117 (.594) record at Knott Arena.
Getting Defensive...The Mount has been solid on
the defensive end this year, allowing 64.8 points while holding the
opposition to 36.9 percent shooting from the field and 26.8 percent
from three-point range.
* The Mount has held each of its five opponents this season under 70 points.
* Dayton shot 40.6 percent from the floor in the season opener. Since then, the past four opponents have been held under 40 percent from the field.
* Over the past three games, the Mount is allowing 62.7 points while holding the opponents to 35.1 percent from the floor.
Barber Sets Up Shop in the Post...Sophomore
Raven Barber posted his first collegiate double-double with 16
points and 10 boards in the Mount's 70-61 win against Florida
* The 6-8 forward is averaging 14.5 points and 9.5 rebound over the past two games.
* Barber leads the Mount in field goal percentage (.571). He was 6-for-6 from the field against Niagara with five of those field goals coming on dunks.
Trice Fills Stat Sheet...Junior guard Lamar
Trice posted career highs of 14 points, eight rebounds and six
assists in the Mount's 70-61 win over Florida A&M.
* Trice is averaging 11.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game for the Mount this season.
* The 5-11 guard has pulled down five or more rebounds in each of the Mount's five games while he has scored in double figures in four straight contests.
Norfleet Named NEC Co-Rookie of the
Week...Freshman Julian Norfleet was named the Northeast
Conference Co-Rookie of the Week on Monday.
* The freshman averaged 11.5 points per game in a win over Savannah State and a loss to Cincinnati.
* In a 69-59 loss at Cincinnat last Monday, Nofleet drilled a three-pointer with 59 seconds left to pull the Mount withing 62-58. He finished the game with seven points, six rebounds and three assists.
* In the Mount's 68-62 overtime win over Savannah State, Norfleet's clutch shooting down the stretch helped the Mount rally from a seven-point deficit. Trailing 41-34 with eight minutes left, Norfleet hit a pair of three-pointers in a 12-0 run that helped the Mount regain the lead.
* After Savannah State rallied to send the game into overtime, Norfleet connected for a three-pointer 21 seconds into the extra session to give the Mountaineers the lead for good. He finished the game with a season-high 16 points, including a 5-for-10 mark from beyond the arc.
* Norfleet is the first Mountaineer to earn NEC Rookie of the Week honors since Shawn Atupem won the award on Feb. 18, 2008.
Freshmen in the Lineup...The Mount started a
trio of freshmen against Florida A&M. Josh Castellanos, David
Golladay and Julian Norfleet were in head coach Robert Burke's
* It was the first time since Nov. 30, 2005, that the Mount had a trio of freshmen in the starting five. That game, Joey Butler, Sam Atupem and Markus Mitchell started against La Salle.
* Golladay and Norfleet started the first four games for the Mount this season. It was the first time the Mount has had a pair of freshmen in the starting lineup since Jeremy Goode and Kelly Beidler started at Maryland on Dec. 28, 2006.
Third Coach in 57 Years...Robert Burke became
the third men's basketball coach in 57 years at the Mount when his
hiring was announced on May 10.
* Burke comes to the Mount with 22 years of Division I coaching experience, including helping 10 of his last 12 teams reach the postseason and six NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2007 Final Four with Georgetown. He has coached 39 players who earned all-conference honors. In addition, he was named one of the top-10 assistant coaches in country according to a peer survey conducted by Fox Sports in 2008.
* He was an assistant coach under Jeff Jones at American last year. The previous nine seasons, he worked with John Thompson III at Georgetown (five years) and Princeton (four years). Burke was an assistant for Paul Hewitt at Siena (three seasons) while also serving as an assistant at Loyola Marymount (three seasons) and Maryland-Baltimore County (six seasons).
* Legendary Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan was at the helm of the program for 49 years (1954-2003), posting 830 career wins. The Mount won the NCAA College Division National Championship in 1962 under Phelan while advancing to five NCAA Division II Final Fours. Phelan guided the Mount to the 1995 and 1999 NCAA Division I Tournaments.
* Milan Brown coached the Mount the past seven seasons, leading the team to the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
Strong Debut...Freshman guard Julian Norfleet
tallied 15 points in his collegiate debut at Dayton
* The 15 points were the most by a Mount player in their collegiate debut since 2002. Landy Thompson, who is eighth all-time at the Mount with 1,733 career points, had 28 points in his first collegiate game at North Carolina State on Nov. 22, 2002.
* The only other double-digit performance by a freshman in their first game at the Mount since 2002 was from Sam Atupem, who had 13 points at Virginia Tech on Nov. 18, 2005. Atupem is the older brother of current Mountaineer Shawn Atupem.
* Norfleet had 16 points in his Mount debut, the most by a Mount player in their first home game since Jeremy Goode had 18 in a double-overtime win against James Madison in the 2006 home opener.
Global Sports Main Event...The Mount finished
in third place in the Global Sports Main Event, a five-team round
robin in-season tournament.
* Cincinnati won the event with a perfect 4-0 mark, followed by Dayton (3-1), the Mount (2-2), Florida A&M (1-3) and Savannah State (0-4).
* The Mount has not participated in an in-season tournament since the 2005 San Juan Shootout. The Mountaineers lost to Akron (74-61) and Chattanooga (85-74, ot) before downing Liberty (63-59) at the event.
The Mount in November...Since joining NCAA
Division I in 1988-89, the Mount has not been giving thanks for its
games in November, posting an all-time record of 15-59 in the
* A key factor in the Mount's November record is that 51 of the 74 games have been played on the road. The Mount has a 4-47 record in those contests.
* The Mount has played just 17 home games in the month of November since joining NCAA Division I, posting a 9-8 mark in those games.
* All-time, the Mount is 37-67 in November. The Mountaineers were 22-9 in November games prior to the move to D1.
* At the D1 level, the Mount is a combined 2-30 in November games against teams from the Atlantic 10, Big East, Big 10, Conference USA and Southeast Conference.
Brown and Krajina Out of the Lineup...Senior Pierre Brown and sophomore Kristijan Krajina are out indefinitely with injuries. Brown, who averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 31 games last year, is out with a foot injury. Krajina, a 6-9 forward who averaged 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 20 games played last season, is out with an ankle injury.
Mount Signs Taylor Danaher to NLI... Mount St.
Mary's has signed Taylor Danaher (Fredericksburg,
Va./Fredericksburg Christian School) to a National Letter of Intent
to enroll at the Mount next fall.
* Danaher, a 6-10, 200-pound center with a 7-2 wingspan, averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks per game as a junior while playing in the Central Virginia Homeschool Athletic Association.
* He was named First Team All-Tournament at the Homeschool Sports Network Championships last March. Danaher played AAU with the Hoop Booth organization.
BCS Flavor...The Mount will be playing four
teams from BCS conferences this season, the most in school
* Mount St. Mary's has road games against Cincinnati (Big East), Penn State (Big 10), Northwestern (Big 10) and Virginia Tech (ACC).
* The Mount has played three BCS schools in the same season on 10 occasions, including each of the past four years.
Golladay Finds Touch...Freshman David Golladay
scored a career-high 16 points in the Mount's 65-63 loss at
* Golladay, who was 6-for-11 from the field against Niagara, is averaging 11.0 points and 3.3 rebounds over the past three games.
Road Warriors...Mount St. Mary's will play 11
of its first 15 games on the road this season.
* The Mount will play just one of nine games in the month of December at home (Dec. 20 vs. American).
* December begins with a five-game road trip that begins with Northeast Conference games at Sacred Heart (Dec. 2) and Quinnipiac (Dec. 4). The trip also will see the Mount play at Penn State (Dec. 7), Loyola (Dec. 11) and Albany (Dec. 20).
* After the home game with American, Mount St. Mary's will face a tough three-game stretch at Northwestern (Dec. 23), at Vermont (Dec. 29) and at Virginia Tech (Jan. 2).
Cajou Takes Leave of Absence... Senior guard
Jean Cajou has withdrawn from school and taken a leave of absence
for the fall 2010 semester.
* "As Jean's coaches, teammates and friends we miss him very much," said head coach Robert Burke. "We are extremely hopeful he will return to school and the court for the second semester."
* Cajou, named to the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major All-Defensive team last season, averaged 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 2009-10.
* The 6-3 guard has started every game over the past two seasons, averaging 9.8 points in 98 career games for the Mountaineers.
* The 2008 Northeast Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player has 963 career points with 323 rebounds, 169 assists and 115 three-pointers made at the Mount.
Non-Conference Numbers...Since joining NCAA
Division I, the Mountaineers have struggled in non-conference
play. The Mountaineers are 62-145 (.300) in non-conference games
since the move to Division I in 1988-89.
* Of those 207 non-conference games, 122 have been on the road, 65 at home and 20 at a neutral site.
* The Mount is 20-102 on the road, 35-30 at home and 7-13 at a neutral site in non-conference action since 1988-89.
* The Mount has had just one winning season in non-conference play at the Division I level. The 2002-03 team went 5-4 in non-conference action before finishing the season with a 11-16 record.
The Mount and the Northeast Conference...The
Mount is 184-193 all-time in NEC regular season games.
* The Mount is 110-78 at home and 74-115 on the road during the NEC regular season.
* Mount St. Mary's has posted a winning record in nine of the 21 seasons the team has been in the league.
* Since joining the league in 1989-90, the Mount has had 17 All-NEC selections, including six first-team honorees.
* The Mount won NEC Tournament titles in 1995, 1999 and 2008 and won the NEC regular season crown in 1995-96.
International Appeal...Sophomore Kristijan
Krajina is the Mount's first international player since Pat
Atangana (Cameroon, 2000-04).
* The Mount has had three other European players in the team's history. Robert Balgac (1996-00, New Belgrade, Serbia), Gerben Van Dorpe (Erembodegem, Belgium, 1994-98) and Matt Meakin (Awsworth, England) are the others.
* Other international players to don the Mount uniform include Rodolpho Ruiz (Tampico, Mexico, 1920-24), Roberto Ruiz (Tampico, Mexico, 1926-27) and Paul Miller (Havana, Cuba, 1920-21).