Mount Edged at Niagara, 65-63

Mount Edged at Niagara, 65-63

Niagara University, N.Y. (November 22, 2010)--Mount St. Mary's was edged at Niagara, 65-63, on Monday night at the Gallagher Center. The Mount had a chance to win at the buzzer, but freshman Julian Norfleet's three-point attempt was long.

Freshman David Golladay had 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting to pace the Mount while Lamar Trice and Raven Barber added 13 points each. The Mount's leading scorer, Shawn Atupem, had six points and five rebounds in just 15 minutes of playing time for the Mountaineers due to foul trouble. Trice was saddled with foul trouble throughout the second half as well.

Barber added a career high nine rebounds for the Mount, going 6-of-6 from the field. Five of Barber's six field goals in the game were dunks. Danny Thompson chipped in four points, six boards and four blocks for Mount St. Mary's.

Marvin Jordan led Niagara with 14 points with Antoine Mason adding 12. Skylar Jones and Kevon Moore added 11 points each off the bench.

The Mount held a 49-41 after a Golladay three-pointer with just over 12 minutes left in the game. Niagara responded with a 7-0 run to get back in the game and tied the score at 53-53 with 7:40 on the clock.

Golladay gave the Mount a 56-53 advantage with a traditional three-point play with 7:16 left in the second half. Niagara's Jones answered with a traditional three-point play on the next possession to even the score.

From that point, there were five lead changes with Niagara taking a 61-60 lead on a pair of Scooter Gillette free throws. After a Mount miss, Jordan gave Niagara a three-point lead with a pull-up jumper with 3:40 on the clock.

Trice hit 1-of-2 at the line, but Niagara's Kashief Edwards had a putback basket with 2:28 on the clock to give Niagara its biggest lead of the game at 65-61. Atupem calmly sank a pair of free throws with 2:12 left to cut the margin to 65-63.

The Mount (1-3) had a chance to take the lead, but Josh Castellanos' three-pointer with 1:52 left was off the mark. The Mount forced a miss on the next possession, but Atupem's jumper with 1:29 left was long.

Niagara (1-2) milked the clock on the next possession and missed a three-point attempt, but corralled the offensive board. The Purple Eagles again used the entire shot clock, but missed another three with Castellanos pulling down the defensive board with 12 seconds left.

On the ensuing possession, the Mount got a long three-point attempt from Julian Norfleet at the buzzer, but the shot was long and Niagara escaped with the win.

The Mount was 25-of-54 (.463) from the field in the game and held a 43-to-39 advantage on the boards, but Niagara was 17-of-24 (.708) at the line compared to the Mount's 9-of-13 (.692).

Atupem missed a jumper on an out-of-bounds play with 1:29 on the clock.

The Mount pulled out to a 23-11 lead midway through the first half on the strength of eight points from Trice. The Purple Eagles cut the margin to 25-21, but the Mount closed the half on a 14-to-8 run for a 39-29 lead at the break.

The Mount shot 17-of-28 (.608) from the field in the first half while Niagara converted 10-of-33 shots (.303).

The Mount returns to action on Saturday, November 27, when Florida A&M visits Knott Arena for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off

Game Notes: Freshman guard Julian Norfleet was named the Northeast Conference Co-Rookie of the Week earlier today...Norfleet averaged 11.5 points in last week, including a season-best 16 points in the Mount's 68-62 overtime win against Savannah State.