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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Mount moves to within game of first place

Mt. St. Mary's won for the third straight time and moved to within a game of first place Long Island with a 72-63 win over preseason favorite Quinnipiac at the Knott Arena on Saturday night.

A good all-around effort from the Mount that saw Shawn Atupem once again lead the offense with 17 points. But it was a balanced effort that saw five Mounties score more than 8 points. Freshman Josh Castellanos continued to shoot the ball well knocking down a couple of threes including a dagger in the second half and finished with 12. Raven Barber had 9, while Lamar Trice and Julian Norfleet chipped in with 8.

The Mount now shares second place with four conference teams all a game behind Long Island which was hammered 87-71 at St. Francis PA. Central Connecticut, Robert Morris, Wagner and the Mount all have identical 5-3 conference marks.

The Mount travels to CCSU and Bryant next weekend.

The Mount seized control of the game midway through the first half with a mix of inside and outside play. But QU as it had in the first meeting between the two schools was able to rally. However, this time the Mount had the answer, fending off several QPAC surges. Everytime the Bobcats would close the lead down the Mount would respond. Castellanos' three from the left hand wing finally gave the Mount the breathing room it needed to secure the victory.

A fine effort by the Mount and probably the best win in the Robert Burke era. 5 of the next 8 are at home and this team is starting to do some really good things and believe in itself.

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  1. I could not agree more. I liked Thursday's effort, thought the team was really starting to become together and definitely more confident.

    Tonight was almost a complete pleasure. I thought the officiating gave QU 10 points with bad calls, and that was just in the first half. I really wanted to see if the Mount could get tough despite the bad calls, and they did just that.

    Looks kinda like some of the youth is blending into a team.

  2. I made a post about the last game in that forum you made Raff. I was in Valdosta all week and missed the Quinnipiac game too. We will be moving in April!! Heck the place we got even has a lake out front stocked with fish. It was so nice down there in the high 60s, then the moment we got close to this region, saw nothing but snow. I wish I lived in MD, at least they do something with the roads. Here in Hanover, and elsewhere in PA, the roads are atrocious.