Mount Men's Basketball to Host Monmouth on Saturday Night

Mount Men's Basketball to Host Monmouth on Saturday Night

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-7, 0-1 NEC) vs. MONMOUTH (5-9, 0-1 NEC)
Saturday, January 5, 2013, 7 p.m.
Knott Arena, Emmitsburg, Md.


* The Mount opened Northeast Conference play with a 72-65 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday night.  Kristijan Krajina tied a career high with 16 points in the loss.  FDU led 39-22 at the half, and held off a Mount rally to earn the victory.  The Mount was just 4-for-28 from three-point range in the loss.

* Junior Julian Norfleet has had success in his career against Monmouth.  Last year, he averaged 20.5 points in the two games against the Hawks, including a 21-point effort at Knott Arena.  As a freshman, Norfleet hit a three-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to lift the Mount to a 56-54 victory over Monmouth at Knott Arena.

* Mount St. Mary's committed a season-low four turnovers in the loss to Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday.  The four turnovers are tied for the second fewest in a game since the Mount moved to NCAA Division I in 1988-89.  Mount St. Mary's had three turnovers against VMI on Dec. 29, 1989.

* Junior forward Kristijan Krajina is averaging 15.0 points over the past two games, hitting 14-of-20 (.700) from the floor.  Krajina leads the NEC and is fourth in the nation in field goal percentage, converting 70.6 percent of his shots from the field.

* The Mountaineers are 30-23 all-time against Monmouth, including wins in six of the past eight meetings.  The Mountaineers have a considerable edge over Monmouth at home, winning 20 of 26 all-time meetings in Emmitsburg.  The Hawks, however, swept last year's season series, and are 4-5 over the past nine meetings at Knott Arena.

Up Next:  The Mount visits St. Francis Brooklyn on Thursday, January 10.