MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-21, 5-12 NEC) at BRYANT (2-27, 1-16 NEC)
Saturday, February 25, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Chace Athletic Center, Smithfield, R.I.
Mount St. Mary's closes out the 2011-12 season at Bryant on Saturday afternoon. The Mount saw its playoff hopes come to an end with a 78-63 loss at Central Connecticut State on Thursday.
Julian Norfleet led the Mount with 20 points in the loss at CCSU. The sophomore guard started out strong, hitting three three-pointers in the opening four minutes of the game. Raven Barber added 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench in the loss.
The Mount cut a 13-point first half deficit to five, but CCSU's Robby Ptacek hit a three-pointer with 26 seconds left in the half to give his team a 41-33 lead at the break.
Trailing by 11 early in the second half, Barber had a traditional three-point play and Norfleet drained another three-pointer to cut the deficit to 53-48. CCSU's Ken Horton, who scored a career-high 39 points in the game, answered by scoring the next seven points to give his team a double-digit lead again. CCSU led by double figures the rest of the way.
Norfleet has recorded back-to-back 20-point games for the Mountaineers. He leads the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game and has scored 20 or more points in four of the past nine contests. He is averaging 17.4 points over that stretch. Barber, who is averaging 14.0 points over the past four games, is second on the team in scoring at 9.3 points per game. Point guard Josh Castellanos is averaging 4.39 assists per game, good for third in the NEC.
Bryant has lost 14 games in a row and enters the game 2-27 overall and 1-16 in the Northeast Conference. The Bulldogs lost to Wagner, 86-71, on Thursday night despite Alex Francis and Frankie Dobbs combining for 41 points and eight assists in the game. Francis, who beat the Mount with a shot at the buzzer at Bryant last season, leads the team in scoring (16.9) and rebounding (7.3). Dobbs is averaging 13.2 points while dishing out a team-high 133 assists. Corey Maynard, who has missed 10 games due to injury, is averaging 11.4 points per game.