Mount St. Mary's completes its two-game road trip in New England on Saturday afternoon at Bryant. The Mount (7-15, 5-4 NEC) is coming off a 71-52 loss at Central Connecticut State on Thursday night.
The Mount is currently in a four-way tie for fourth place in the NEC with a 5-4 league record. Long Island leads the way at 7-2 while Central Connecticut State and Wagner are each 6-3.
Lamar Trice paced the Mount with 17 points in the loss at CCSU. Trice continues to lead in scoring at 13.8 points per game while Shawn Atupem is second on the team at 10.3 points per game. Trice is averaging 16.6 points in NEC games this year.
After Saturday's game, the Mount will play five of its next six games at Knott Arena. Monmouth visits the Mount on February 3rd to start a three-game homestand.
Bryant enters Saturday's game with a 6-15 overall record and a 4-5 mark in the Northeast Conference. The Bulldogs have lost consecutive home games in overtime, including an 80-75 loss to Wagner on Thursday. Cecil Greshman hit a three-pointer to send the game to overtime and had a team-high 18 points in the loss.
Alex Francis leads Bryant in scoring (14.0) and rebounding (8.0) this season. Frankie Dobbs is averaging 13.5 points with a team-high 114 assists while Greshman is averaging 13.1 points while hitting 44-of-109 (40.4 percent) from three-point range.
THIS DATE IN MOUNT HISTORY...Mount St. Mary's rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to defeat Robert Morris, 70-69, on Jan. 29, 1994. Sefton Robinson paced the Mount with 20 points and eight rebounds in the victory. He sealed the win by hitting four free throws in the final minute of play. Chris McGuthrie added 16 points and Riley Inge 10 points, six rebounds and six assists in the victory. The Mount improved to 10-8 overall and 7-4 in the NEC win the win en route to a 14-14 season (9-9 NEC).
The All-Time Series...This will be the fifth meeting all-time between the Mount and Bryant.
* Mount St. Mary's has won all four meetings in the all-time series, including a 74-45 victory last year in Emmitsburg.
* The series started with a 94-78 Mount victory at Memorial Gym at the Mount on Dec. 28, 1982.
* This will be the first time the Mount has played on the road against Bryant since a 102-98 win on Dec. 1, 1983.
* The Mount has hosted the Bulldogs in each of the past two seasons. The Mount won 68-44 on Dec. 29,. 2008 and 74-45 on Feb. 20, 2010.
Last Time Out...Mount St. Mary's lost at Central Connecticut State, 71-52, on Thursday night.
* CCSU held a 36-23 lead at the half and was able to sustain the lead throughout the second half.
* Lamar Trice paced the Mount with 17 points in the game, hitting 6-of-9 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range.
* Jacolby Wells had a career-high four blocks for the Mount in the loss.
* Mount St. Mary's was held to 38.3 percent shooting in the game while CCSU shot 50.9 percent from the field
Trice as Nice...Junior guard Lamar Trice is one of the most-improved players in the Northeast Conference.
* Trice leads the Mount in scoring at 13.8 points per game, having scored in double figures in 17 of the team's 22 games on the year. He has scored 15 or more points in 11 of the past 16 games.
* The 5-11 guard has improved his scoring average by 11.9 points from last season, a whopping 626 percent increase. Trice averaged 1.9 points per game in limited action last season for the Mountaineers.
* Trice has been even better in Northeast Conference play, averaging 16.6 points per game, seventh in the league. He has improved his scoring average in NEC games by 15.7 points per game from last year. Trice averaged 0.9 points while appearing in 16 NEC contests.
* Trice scored a career-best 22 points in the win at St. Francis (N.Y.) and added 21 in the victory at Sacred Heart.
Thievery...Senior Shawn Atupem tallied a career-high six steals in the Mount's 72-63 win over Quinnipiac.
* The six steals were the most by a Mount player since Jeremy Goode had seven in a 70-59 win over Loyola on December 1, 2007.
* Atupem, who is averaging 3.0 steals over the past three games, is tied for the team lead with 24 steals this season. He is 35th all-time in Mount history with 76 career thefts.
Thompson Taking Off...Junior forward Danny Thompson has given the Mount a big lift off the bench of late. Thompson scored a career-high 16 points while grabbing eight rebounds in the 70-61 win at St. Francis (N.Y.) last Saturday.
* The 6-7 forward has posted double figures in rebounds in four of the past nine games and is averaging 7.9 rebounds over the past 10 contests.
* Thompson tallied his first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in the Mount's 63-56 win over Saint Francis (Pa.).
* Thompson is averaging 5.4 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game on the year. He is seventh in the Northeast Conference with 7.1 rebounds per game in league games.
* Thompson leads the Mount and is seventh in the NEC with 1.23 blocks per game.
MSM and the NEC..Mount St. Mary's has completed the non-conference portion of the schedule and will play only Northeast Conference games the rest of the way.
* Mount St. Mary's, which is 5-4 so far this year in the NEC, has posted three-straight winning seasons in conference play. The Mount has also posted five consecutive .500 or better seasons in league play, joining Robert Morris as the only teams in the NEC to achieve that feat.
* Since the start of the 2005-06 season, the Mount is 60-39 (.606) in NEC regular season games. It is the third-most wins in the league in that stretch behind Robert Morris (70-29) and Central Connecticut State (62-37).
* The Mount has advanced to at least the NEC Tournament semifinals in each of the past four years. The Mount won the NEC in 2008 and lost in the NEC Championship game the following season in 2009.
* The Mount is 19-3 in NEC regular season games at Knott Arena over the past two-plus seasons.
* Overall, the Mountaineers are 22-3 over their past 24 home games against NEC opponents including the playoffs.
* The Mount's 77-75 loss to Quinnipiac in early December snapped the team's 11-game NEC regular season win streak. That 11-game streak matched the school record of 11 NEC wins in a row set in 1994-96.
For Comparison Sake...The Mountaineers are definitely faring better statistically in NEC play so far this season.
* The Mount is third in the league in field goal percentage (.446) in league games and sixth in three-point percentage (.336). Overall, the Mount is eighth in field goal percentage (.407) and last in three-point percentage (.297).
Barber Leads NEC in Field Goal Percentage...Sophomore Raven Barber leads the Northeast Conference by a wide margin in field goal percentage at 65.3 percent.
* The 6-8 forward scored 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting in the Mount's win over St. Francis (N.Y.). Earlier this year, He scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting in the Mount's loss at Albany.
* Barber is shooting 69.1 percent (38-of-55) from the field over the past 12 games.
* Barber has shot 50 percent or better in 18 of the Mount's 22 games this year. 20 of his 62 field goals have been dunks.
* For his career, Barber is shooting 59.7 percent from the floor (105-for-176). The Mount's all-time leader in career field goal percentage (minimum 150 FGM) is Konata Springer, who shot 59.4 percent (161-for-271).
Wins vs. Losses...A look inside the numbers in the Mount's wins vs. losses.
* Mount St. Mary's is averaging 67.1 points while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from three-point range in the team's seven wins.
* In the 15 losses, the Mount is averaging 56.3 points while shooting 37.9 percent from the field and 26.6 percent from three-point range.
From the Field...Mount St. Mary's shot a season-high 58.1 percent (25-of-43) in the 70-61 win at St. Francis (N.Y.).
* It is the second time this season the Mount has shot 50 percent or better from the floor. Mount St. Mary's shot 54.4 percent (31-of-57) in the 77-75 loss at Quinnipiac.
* The Mountaineers are 7-5 this season when shooting 40 percent or better and 0-10 when shooting under 40 percent. In addition, the Mount is 7-4 when recording a higher field goal percentage than the opponent and 0-11 when the opposition shoots better.
Atupem Joins 1,000-Point Club, Cajou Closing In...Shawn Atupem became the 42nd player in Mount history to reach 1,000 career points in the win over Quinnipiac on Jan. 22. Teammate Jean Cajou is closing in on the milestone as well.
* Atupem has 1,002 points, placing him 41st on the all-time list. Cajou is 18 points shy of the 1,000-point mark and is 45th all-time with 928 career points.
The Mount and the Northeast Conference...The Mount is 189-197 all-time in NEC regular season games.
* The Mount is 113-79 at home and 76-118 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.
Cajou Returns...Senior guard Jean Cajou has returned to the team and appeared in six games this year.
* Cajou has 982 points in 104 career games. He is 18 points shy of becoming the 42nd player in Mount history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
* Cajou was named to CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major All-Defensive Team last year.
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 27-8 (.771 winning pct.) at home over the past two-plus 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 19-3 mark over its past 22 NEC regular season home games. Including the playoffs, the Mount has won 22 of its past 25 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 174-120 (.592) record at Knott Arena.
Cajou at the Line...Senior guard Jean is second all-time at the Mount in career free throw percentage.
* Cajou is shooting 81.8 percent (238-for-291) in his career at the charity stripe.
* Mark Scallion (1983-87) is the Mount's all-time leader in free throw percentage at 84.8 percent (228-for-269).
Non-Conference Numbers...The Mount finished the non-conference schedule with a 2-11 mark, going 2-2 at home and 0-9 on the road.
* Since joining NCAA Division I, the Mountaineers have struggled in non-conference play. The Mountaineers are 62-152 (.290) in non-conference games since the move to Division I in 1988-89.
* Of those 214 non-conference games, 128 have been on the road, 66 at home and 20 at a neutral site.
* The Mount is 20-108 on the road, 35-31 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.
Freshmen in the Lineup...The Mount started a trio of freshmen (Josh Castellanos, David Golladay, Julian Norfleet) in seven games this year.
* 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.
Brown Out of the Lineup...Senior Pierre Brown is out indefinitely with a foot injury. Brown averaged averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 31 games last year and was expected to start this year. In addition, sophomore Kristijan Krajina, a 6-9 forward who averaged 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 20 games played last season, has missed all 22 games this season 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.
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 Cincinnati, Norfleet 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.
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.
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).