166th Edition of Mount-Loyola Rivalry Set for Saturday

166th Edition of Mount-Loyola Rivalry Set for Saturday

166th Edition of Mount-Loyola Rivalry Set for Saturday

Mount St. Mary's and Loyola continue the most-played rivalry in the state of Maryland on Saturday afternoon when the two schools meet for the 166th time. Mount St. Mary's holds a 96-69 advantage in the series that dates back to 1910.

The Mount has won the past three and seven of the past nine matchups between the longtime rivals. Mount St. Mary's has won three of the past four meetings at Loyola's Reitz Arena.

The Mount is coming off a pair of heart-breaking losses and enters the game with a 3-6 overall record. On Tuesday, Penn State's Talor Battle hit a 30-foot three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to snap a 53-53 tie and send the Nittany Lions to a 57-53 win over the Mount. Junior guard Lamar Trice had tied the game with a tough floater in the lane with 29 seconds on the clock.

Trice, who made a three-pointer with 1:29 left to tie the game at Penn State, led the Mount with 16 points. He now leads the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game while dishing out a team-best 33 assists. Shawn Atupem is second on the team with 12.3 points per game while grabbing a team-high 5.8 rebounds.

The Mountaineers fell at NEC preseason favorite Quinnipiac, 77-75, on a James Johnson lay-up with 0.5 seconds left last Saturday.

Loyola lost at George Mason, 66-52, on Wednesday to fall to 3-5 on the year. Shane Walker and Robert Olson each scored 14 points in the game. Jamal Barney paces the Greyhounds in scoring at 12.0 ppg while Dylon Cormier is averaging 10.8 points. Walker is averaging 8.0 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per contest. Loyola is 2-2 at home this season.

Did You Know?...Junior guard Lamar Trice leads the list of most improved Northeast Conference players. Trice, who averaged 1.9 points per game last year, is averaging a team-high 13.1 points this season, an increase of 11.2 points per contest. Wagner's Tyler Murray (+9.8) and Fairleigh Dickinson's Kamil Srdlik (+9.7) are next on the NEC's list of improved scorers.

The All-Time Series... The most played rivalry in the state of Maryland resumes with the 166th all-time meeting between the two schools at Reitz Arena.
* Mount St. Mary's holds a 96-69 advantage in the series that began on Jan. 20, 1910.
* The Mount has won three straight and seven of the past nine meetings between the two teams.
* Mount St. Mary's is 34-42 all-time on the road against the Greyhounds, 57-15 at home and 5-12 at a neutral site.
* Since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89, the Mount is 14-9 against Loyola.
There have been 12 overtime games in the series, with the last being a 75-73 Loyola win on Dec. 20, 1997, in Emmitsburg, Md.
* The two teams met five times during the 1934-35 series, with the Mountaineers taking two of three games in the Maryland Collegiate Conference Championship series that season.
* One of most exciting games in the all-time series was in the 1955 Mason Dixon Conference Championship game. The Mount defeated Loyola, 99-93, in overtime in legendary Mount coach Jim Phelan's first season.
* Last year, Jeremy Goode had 23 points, seven rebounds and five steals to lead the Mount to a 63-44 victory over the Greyhounds at Knott Arena on November 21. The Mountaineers held Loyola to 27.1 percent shooting (13-of-48) from the field in the game, including just 7-of-29 (.241) in the second half. The 44 points scored by Loyola were fewest against the Mount since Feb. 4, 1978, a 51-41 Mount victory. Jean Cajou added 16 points in the victory while Brett Harvey led Loyola with 12.

Last Time Out...The Mount lost in the final seconds for the second consecutive game on Tuesday night in a 57-53 loss to Penn State.
* Penn State's Talor Battle hit a 30-footer with 1.3 seconds left to snap a 53-53 tie and send the Nittany Lions to a 57-53 victory.
* Junior guard Lamar Trice paced the Mount with 16 points, including two clutch shots in the final 1:29 that each tied the game.
* Senior Tayvon Jackson, making his second straight start in place of Raven Barber (out with the flu), had season highs of eight points and seven boards for the Mountaineers.
* Freshman point guard Josh Castellanos dished out a season-high seven assists with just one turnover in the game.
* The Mountaineers rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the second half to take a 42-40 lead with just over nine minutes left in the game.

Trice as Nice...Junior guard Lamar Trice has led the Mount in scoring in each of the past three games.
* The 5-11 guard has settled into his role as one of the top sixth-men in the Northeast Conference. He leads the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game while dishing out a team-high 33 assists.
* Trice is averaging 18.0 points and 4.0 assists over the past three games. He has hit 47.6 percent from the floor and is 7-of-19 (.368) from three-point range over that span.
* Trice scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Mount to a 66-52 win at Sacred Heart on Dec. 2. He followed with a team-high 17 points and six assists at Quinnipiac while scoring 16 points in the Mount's loss at Penn State on Tuesday.
* Trice averaged 1.9 points while playing a total of 157 minutes in 28 games for the Mountaineers last season.

Getting Defensive...Mount St. Mary's has been solid on the defensive end of the floor this season.
* The Mountaineers lead the Northeast Conference in field goal percentage defense, allowing the opponent to hit just 39.2 percent from the floor. The Mountaineers are fourth in the conference in three-point defense (.304) and fourth in scoring defense (65.7).
* According to the Pomeroy Ratings at www.kenpom.com, the Mount is 58th in the nation in two-point field goal percentage defense (.429) and 51st in the country in effective field goal percentage (eFG%), which is computed from (FGM + 0.5*3PM)/FGA. This differs from conventional field goal percentage by taking into account the extra value of a made 3-pointer.

Finding the Range...Mount St. Mary's has been efficient in field goal percentage of late.
* Over the past seven games, the Mount is shooting 45.7 percent from the field while producing 66.1 points per game.
* The Mount has been even better over the past three contests, hitting 47.1 percent from the floor.
* For the season, the Mount is hitting 43.5 percent from the field, which is second in the Northeast Conference behind Long Island (.451).

At the Stripe...Mount St. Mary's has also picked it up at the charity stripe, shooting 80.3 percent (61-of-76) on free throws over the past three games.
* For the season, the Mount is now shooting 71.0 percent at the line, making 132-of-186.
* The Mountaineers are third in the NEC and 87th in the nation in free throw percentage (.710).
* Freshman Josh Castellanos is the Mount's top free throw shooter, converting 25-of-29 (.862) on the year. Freshman David Golladay (14-of-18, .778) and senior Shawn Atupem (.750, 27-of-36) are also shooting 75 percent or better at the line on the season.

From the Field...Mount St. Mary's shot 19-of-32 (.594) from the floor in the first half of the 77-75 loss at Quinnipiac.
* The 19 field goals made were the most in one half by a Mount team since gonig 19-for-29 (.655) in the second half of the Mount's 93-63 win over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Feb. 21, 2009.
* The 42-point effort in the first half of the game was the Mount's highest-scoring half of the season.

Defending the Knott...The Mount has made Knott Arena a difficult place for the opposition in recent years.
* Mount St. Mary's had its 11-game homecourt win streak snapped by Navy, 81-68, on November 29. It was the Mount's second 11-game homecourt win streak since the start of the 2008-09 season.
* Mount St. Mary's is 24-6 (.800 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 171-118 (.592) record at Knott Arena.

Non-Conference Numbers...Since joining NCAA Division I, the Mountaineers have struggled in non-conference play. The Mountaineers are 62-146 (.298) in non-conference games since the move to Division I in 1988-89.
* Of those 208 non-conference games, 123 have been on the road, 65 at home and 20 at a neutral site.
* The Mount is 20-103 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.

Road Warriors...With the calendar turning to December, the Mount will play eight of nine games on the road.
* 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).
* Mount St. Mary's is 1-5 on the road this season and is 14-29 over its past 43 road contests.

December Musings...Mount St. Mary's is 52-93 all-time in the month of December since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89.
* The Mountaineers are 30-27 at home, 17-60 on the road and 5-6 at neutral sites in thos games.
* This season, the Mount will have seven of its eight December games on the road.
* The last time the Mount had a winning mark in the month of December was when the 2007-08 squad went 6-2.

Atupem Climbs Career Scoring List...Senior forward Shawn Atupem is has moved into 51st place on the Mount's all-time scoring list.
* Atupem has 886 points in 103 career games at Mount St. Mary's.
* He is second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game and has scored 13 or more points in six of the team's nine contests.

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 A&M.
* The 6-8 forward is averaging 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds over his past four games. Barber is 18-of-25 (.720) from the field during that stretch.
* Barber is currently second in the Northeast Conference in field goal percentage (.622). He was 6-for-6 from the field against Niagara with five of those field goals coming on dunks. Nine of Barber's 23 field goals this season have been dunks.
* Barber has missed the past two games with the flu.

Balanced Attack...The Mountaineers have had a balanced offense with four players averaging double figures over the past six games.
* Lamar Trice is averaging a team-best 15.0 points during that stretch, followed by Raven Barber (12.0), Shawn Atupem (10.8) and Julian Norfleet (10.0).

Freshmen in the Lineup...The Mount started a trio of freshmen (Josh Castellanos, David Golladay, Julian Norfleet) the past five games.
* 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.

BCS Flavor...The Mount will be playing four teams from BCS conferences this season, the most in school history.
* 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.

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.

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.

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.

The Mount and the Northeast Conference...The Mount is 185-194 all-time in NEC regular season games.
* The Mount is 110-78 at home and 75-116 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.

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.

Norfleet Named NEC Co-Rookie of the Week...Freshman Julian Norfleet was named the Northeast Conference Co-Rookie of the Week on November 20
* 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, Nofleet drilled a three-pointer with 59 seconds left to pull the Mount within 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.

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).

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